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  D e s e r t   E x p o s u r e    August 2008


Ducks Redux

Everything's ducky in Deming, Aug. 21-24.



Ducks don't get no respect — except in Deming, home of the Great American Duck Races, where they're treated like Kentucky Derby thoroughbreds. Ducks are on the bill again this summer with the running of the ducks at the 29th annual duck races, but the Aug. 21-24 festivities don't stop there. The fun also includes a royal pageant, a dance, horseshoe, softball, outhouse race competitions, tortilla tossing, hot-air balloons and, of course, a chile cook-off. Not to mention a carnival, parade, food galore, vendors and, yes, duck races.

Each year the pageant has a theme, and this year it is "Gone Country." Endless possibilities suggest themselves with this premise, so shake your tail feathers on over to Deming and get down, get down. . .

For more information, call toll-free (888) 345-1125 or locally 544-0469, email info@demingduckrace.com, or see www.demingduckrace.com



Tentative Schedule



Thursday, Aug. 21

6 p.m. — Duck Mart/Vendors, Courthouse Park

6:30 p.m. — Duck Royalty Pageants, DPS Auditorium


Friday, Aug. 22

All Day — Duck Mart/Vendors, Courthouse Park

4 p.m. — Carnival, Courthouse Park

6:30 p.m. — Sponsor Party/Dinner, Special Events Center

9 p.m. — Duck Dance. Free with Sponsor Shirt, others $5. Hat Creek Saloon


Saturday, Aug.23

All Day — Carnival, Duck Mart/Vendors, Courthouse Park.

All Day — Slow Pitch Tournament, Hooten Complex

7-11 a.m. — Elks #2799 Kickoff Breakfast, Courthouse Park

7 a.m. — Hot Air Balloon Mass Ascension, Deming Soccer Field

10 a.m. — Horseshoe Tournament, Courthouse Pits

10 a.m. — Tournament of Ducks Parade, Downtown Deming

12-8 p.m. — Entertainment/Stage Area, Courthouse Park

12 p.m. — Green Chile Cookoff , Courthouse Park

12-4 p.m. Live Duck Race/Water Race ($5 entry), McKinley Duck Downs

12 p.m. — Invocation/Opening Ceremonies

2 p.m. — Rotary's Great American Tortilla Toss, Poplar Street

5:30 p.m. — Great American Outhouse Race, Silver Street

5:30-7 p.m. — Evening Duck Race/Water Race ($5 entry), McKinley Duck Downs

6 p.m. — Florida Mud Bog, Rockhound Road

8 p.m. — Hot Air Balloon Glow (weather permitting), Soccer Field

9 p.m. — Duck Dance. Free with Sponsor Shirt, others $5. Hat Creek Saloon


Sunday, Aug. 24

All Day — Carnival, Duck Mart/Vendors, Courthouse Park.

All Day — Slow Pitch Tournament, Hooten Complex

7 a.m. — Hot Air Balloon Mass Ascension, Deming Soccer Field

10 a.m. — Washer Tournament, Courthouse Pits

12-6 p.m. — Entertainment/Stage Area, Courthouse Park

12 p.m. — Live Duck Race/Water Race ($5 entry), McKinley Duck Downs

3p.m. — Duck Race eliminations/finals, McKinley Duck Downs







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