The Great American Duck Race with Robert Duck – Daily Grounds Act!

New for the 2019 Mesa County Fair, we are excited to present Robert Duck and The Great American Duck Race, Wednesday, July 17th through Saturday, July 20th!

Robert Duck (his real name!) started racing ducks in New Mexico in 1980 on a whim because, with a last name like his, he thought he should give it a try. After winning over $50,000 in prize money, he sold his farm and took his act on the road. Every year, Robert and his wife patiently train 100 new ducks. He keeps the 25 fastest of his feathered friends for co-stars, and the rest he releases back into the wild.

Hands on Fun:

Sixteen children (and adults) are chosen during each show to release the ducks in the race track. Prizes are given to the winners of each race. There are five races during each show, and the last is a championship race among the first four winners.


Mr. Duck reveals interesting facts about Mallard ducks throughout the show. The educational portion of the show was prepared by the Ducks Unlimited, Inc. national staff, exclusively for the Great American Duck Race of New Mexico.

“Even if you don’t get to be the one who releases the duck, I promise you, you can’t watch a duck race without smiling!”

Robert Duck and his speedy companions have appeared on:

  • Nickelodeon’s “Figure It Out”
  • The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson
  • Good Morning America
  • CNN News

And in the pages of:

  • People Magazine
  • Sports Illustrated
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • USA Today

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