Purchase your ducks and you’re in the race! Broad Ripple’s summer children’s festival, the Broad Ripple Duck Race, is back for the 6th year, presented by the Broad Ripple Village Association and David Electric!
FREE children’s activities will be set up on the Rainbow Bridge overlooking the Broad Ripple Canal on Guilford Avenue north of Westfield Boulevard for families to enjoy from 3:00 to 5:00pm. Promptly at 4:30, three thousand rubber ducks will enter the water at the Hope Plumbing Start Line where the Monon trail crosses the Central Canal. The ducks race west down the canal towards the Broad Ripple Realty Finish Line located by the pedestrian bridge near College Avenue. Proceeds support BRVA programs and projects focused on enriching the community, attracting investment, amplifying public spaces, and improving quality of life in Broad Ripple.
Sunday, June 23, 2019
Activities from 3 to 5 p.m.
Race at 4:30 p.m.
Family activities are located at the Rainbow Bridge on Guilford Avenue. The race begins at the Monon Trail Bridge and ends at College Avenue.
Buy your ducks at the Broad Ripple Farmers Market on Saturday mornings from May 25 to June 22, or stop by the BRVA office at 818 Broad Ripple Avenue Tuesdays 1-4pm or Thursdays 8-11am. Ducks may also be purchased at the event from 3-4:30pm.
To participate in the Duck Race all you have to do is purchase a duck or paddling of ducks and you are entered in the race. You can purchase ducks at the Duck Race or at various BRVA events in June. Prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. The prizes are gift cards from Broad Ripple Village merchants. First prize is valued at over $500. We will announce the winner by the name. You do not have to be present to win.
Buy your duck and get in the race!
Ducks are only $6 each. Increase your chances of winning by buying a paddling (6 ducks for $30). Ducks may be purchased with cash or debit cards. Credit cards not accepted due to Indiana State Law. You must be 18 years old to purchase a duck as the race is considered a gambling event.
Ducks may be purchased at the Duck Race, at the BRVA office or at the Broad Ripple Farmers Market.
Be a spectator
There is plenty of space to watch the race on either side of the Central Canal between the Monon Trail Bridge, the Rainbow Bridge and College Avenue. The Canal Esplanade is now open on the north bank between College and Guilford and is a popular viewing spot to see the ducks reach the finish line!
Enjoy more family activities
From 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., families can partake in a variety of FREE activities on the Rainbow Bridge (where Guilford Avenue crosses the Central Canal). Enjoy face painting, temporary tattoos, balloon artistry, art and crafts, carnival games, and much more.
Plan your day
Visit Broad Ripple Village and you will find restaurants, shops, and parking before you arrive. Be sure to post your pictures and updates for your friends can see how much fun your having! Use #BRDuckRace and @Broad_Ripple.
Follow the Ducks!
Follow us on our Broad Ripple Facebook page for all the latest information on upcoming races and photos from the race!
Disclaimer: The Duck Race is considered a gambling event since contestants are purchasing a chance to win a prize with a cash value. You must be 18 years or older to purchase a duck. Approval for the Exempt Event is on file with the Indiana Gaming Commission.