Organizers say ducks and dogs simply don’t mix and dogs are an annual problem at the races.
In fact, committee members report several close calls where dogs have started to terrorize the ducks before being controlled and removed.
The committee has requested for years that people leave their pets at home, allowing only service animals in the park.
But this year they are taking it a step further.
Duck race organizers plan to divide the event into two separate areas, and are allowing service animals in about two-thirds of the park, specifically the gazebo, pavilion and paved areas.
But no dogs, including service animals, will be allowed at McKinley Duck Downs – or the portion of the park where the actual racing takes place.
The no-animal rule applies to everyone – racers, spectators, vendors and workers.
The Great American Duck Race is August 22nd-25th, with live duck racing both Saturday and Sunday.