Fundraising Ideas, Duck Races, Night at the Races, Casino Night

How duck races work

A Red Barn Duck race is a dinner banquet where people enjoy dinner, music and socializing for an hour before the duck races start. Buffet style dinners are most common, and occasionally the dishes or desserts are brought by the members themselves. Most events are bring-your-own-beverage and the host provides ice, cups and various soft drinks (washes).

After dinner and for the next three hours there is wagering on duckling races that are similar to horse races. Every 15 minutes or so there is a new duck race, so nearly everyone gets inline and places a bet of $2 or $4 on a different number of duckling. Each duck is named beforehand by sponsors who sponsor a duck and get to name it.

The people have a racing form which lists the names of the ducklings, and it is based on these varied and unusual names that people bet more amounts on one duck, and less on another. For example, if there are several tables of people from a local school there, and a duck comes up in a race that has the same name as that school’s team mascot, then that duck number which has that name may be bet more heavily than other ducks.

During this time people engage in other forms of wagering, such as 50/50 raffles and what are called side boards. These are large boards full of different numbers and colors of tickets that people bet on mostly by choosing their lucky number.

A Chinese auction often takes place too, and during the event people socialize and look at the various items up for auction. There is a lot of movement around the room while people mingle, go to the betting window and bet, and look at the items up for Auction in the Chinese auction area.

After the dinner and betting the evening ends with the music changing to dance music and a one hour dance is held. Most people stay throughout the whole evening, which lasts about four hours. For more information about how the races work feel free to contact us.





"A dance is held after each event with a real disc jockey."