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The Great Drake Park Duck Race – Activities in Bend

Supporting children and families in need in Central Oregon, The Great Drake Park Duck Race is a family-friendly charity event that takes places each September in Drake Park in downtown Bend, Oregon. Since 1989, the event has raised over one million dollars! Come support local children and families in need by joining the exciting rubber ducky race! This is one of the top activities Bend, Oregon offers each year and you won’t want to miss it.

About the Event

Since 1989, The Great Drake Park Duck Race has been raising money for local children and families in need. Organized by all four of Bend’s local rotary clubs, the event has raised over a million dollars since its inception with the help of Oregonians and tourists.

How the Race Works

Participants purchase colorful rubber duckies for a small fee. Proceeds of these entry charges go directly to supporting local charities that help children and families in need.

In the morning, music, food, and activity booths open for all to enjoy. In the activities area, kids can enjoy face painting, bounce houses, shaved ice, hot dogs, dunk chambers, and more!

In the early afternoon, a free 500 ducky race is held for the Kids Race. Here, 500 colorful rubber duckies are pushed by the current of the Deschutes River through a netted isle in the middle of the river. The nets are in place to keep all of the ducks in the race by preventing them from getting caught on the shore. The winners of the Kids Race are announced after the race and prizes are awarded.

In the late afternoon, the larger adult race takes place. Using the same netted course, thousands of colorful rubber duckies race down the Deschutes River from the Galveston Bridge to the Mirror Pond Footbridge to win prizes.

Staying with Bend Vacation Rentals

Have fun with the whole family in Drake Park while feeling good about where your money was spent by participating in The Great Drake Park Duck Race in downtown Bend. Your family’s participating in the race helps local families in need and supports Bend’s local charities while you have fun.

Stay close to the action in Drake Park by booking one of our beautiful vacation rental homes in downtown Bend. At Bend Vacation Rentals, we ensure that each home maintains a high standard of quality, comfort, and privacy. Browse our available vacation rentals today and enjoy all of the best activities in Bend!