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2024 ASCA Annual Duck Race Festival

View the Location of 2024 Duck Race Festival at Cedo Park

When: Saturday May 4th, 10am to 4pm
Where: Coelho Ranch - 47201 Arroyo Seco Road​

Great food, live music, local artisans, silent auctions, lots of competitions, and of course the highlight of the day…the two Seco Duck Races! Duck adoption begins March 15th.

Free Admission for ASCA Members, $10 for non-members, Free Parking, and Free ADA Shuttles!

  • Regular Duck Race

  • "Unlimited" Duck Race

  • Best Photographs of Arroyo Seco

  • Ping Pong

"Unlimited" Duck Race Participant Info & Rules

Want to participate in this race?  Just click the link below to view the PDF for information and rules.

  • Local Artisans

  • Silent Auction

  • Local Crafts

  • Local Vineyards

Music Bands:
  • Rose Merrill

  • Los Vaqueros Hunting Club Traveling Band

  • TommyMoon


Spectacular food will be served including

  • BBQ Chicken and Hamburgers

  • Salads

  • Soft Drinks

  • Beer and Wine

Musical Entertainment

Rose Merrill

Singer & Songwriter Rose Merrill has been described as  a “Mountain country girl with grit”, now living in Carmel Valley, and gifted with a powerful stage presence that blends folk, rock and country music with a touch of blues and a gift of storytelling with a sense of humor, all delivered in a lovely, pure, warm voice. 


Los Vaqueros Hunting Club Traveling Band

Born of campfire smoke, camaraderie and a love of tales and songs where creativity is not hindered by fact or truth, Randy Handley, Terry Handley, Rich Casey and Roger Hill, perhaps the most beloved local C & W band, have entertained for more than 20 years playing standards like Don’t Fence Me In and Ghost Riders In The Sky, and contemporary hits like People are Crazy,  Wagon Wheel ,Tumbling Tumble Weeds and occasional Irish jigs like The Washer Woman. 


TommyMoon Band

The TommyMoon Band, a talented group of musicians based in South Monterey County, had been performing throughout central California for more than 30 years, prior to COVID.   Now in 2024 the group has returned with their eclectic blend of rock & roll music of the 80’s and 90’s and old, and new, Country music, always anchored by its lead vocalist and namesake, Tom Mooneyham.

Take a fresh view of the last scheduled 2022 ASCA Duck Race Festival below:

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Manuel Gozzi, & Natalia Rivera


Andrew Bricken, Jacob Burns, Kyle Kessler, & Gavin Miller


Raphael Gabriel & Noor Benny

The most eagerly anticipated was the “Unlimited” Duck race which pitted 15 engineering student teams from Cabrillo College, Monterey Peninsula College and Hartnell College in an intense competition, as Teams have no limitations on their choice of advanced propulsion and steering technologies that they can insert into their 18” tall Inflated Ducks. 


1st place winners were MPC’s Aflack team (Manuel Gozzi, & Natalia Rivera), taking 2nd place Cabrillo’s Downstream Duck team (Andrew Bricken, Jacob Burns, Kyle Kessler, & Gavin Miller) took 2nd place and MPC’s Quackedup team (Raphael Gabriel & Noor Benny) took 3rd place. 


Valarie Klingelhoefer, ASCA President, noted that the three engineering professors (Hartnell’s Melissa Hornstein, PhD; Cabrillo’s Jo-Ann Panzardi, PhD & MPC’s Tom Rebold, PhD), who embraced supporting the event and motivated their students to participate as competitive teams in the “Unlimited Race”, all confirmed that their students loved the event, were highly pleased and motivated by the cash awards earned by the three winners, learned which engineering solutions worked the best and were already thinking of ways to improve the performance of their Racing ducks for next year. 

The more conventional Duck race which features hundreds of small rubber ducks floating downstream to the finish line, was won by James Moore (shown to the right) holding his winning duck and the envelope holding the $500 dollars awarded to the winner.


James Moore

Every spring, prior to the 2020 and 2021 COVID lockdown years, the ASCA, a non-profit charitable organization, hosts an annual Duck Race/Festival as their main fund-raising event of the year with all profits devoted to college scholarships for local students, support for the local fire station and other Arroyo Seco community initiatives. This year’s event was held at the Coelho Ranch, about 15 miles west of Greenfield, CA. Much of the Festival was free to all attendees including mellow folk music from three highly regarded local bands, (The Dan Beck Band, Memory Lane & Tom Drake’s Blue Note Project) but, as this is a charity fund raiser, attendees purchased scrumptious barbecue meals, bottled water, soft drinks, craft beer and local wines. 


The 2023 ASCA Duck Race Festival will be on Saturday, April 29, 2023, and will include competitions in Darts and Horseshoes and rock and face painting for small children. Mark your 2023 calendars now!

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