Pony Duck Races

So really, I should have posted this before anything about camping and Yellowstone, but I just didn’t feel like it for some reason. So this is a bit out of order, especially since I have one more Yellowstone post, but hey, I’ll work on being better. Promise. And now on with the Pony Duck Races recap!

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Pony

Every year the town unincorporated community of Pony and the Pony Bar, hosts a rubber duck race on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. Pony is about an hour west of Bozeman set at the base of the Tobacco Root Mountains. Beautiful place to hang out for the day and watch some duck float down a creek for about five minutes.

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Pony Bar

Pony Bar

The races are the reason, but not really why you go to Pony. It’s just a really good time. For $10 you get a duck, a drink at the bar, and a barbecue dinner. Everyone shows up early, typically before noon to get a duck, they only have around 500, (we think), and they sell out around noon when the races are not until 4.

Selecting a duck

Selecting a duck

You pack a cooler full of whatever you want to drink for the day, some snacks, your tent and sleeping bag, (no driving home drunk if you drink!). Then you spend the day hanging out with friends, drinking, playing horse shoes, eventually dancing, and having a good time. This year, I had to head back to Bozeman, so I didn’t drink, the cops are out in mass, and didn’t camp, but I still had a ton of fun. You can see by the pictures below, we all had a blast.

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Pre-party tailgate

Pre-party tailgate

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Catching the stragglers

Catching the stragglers

All dogs are allowed, especially cute ones

All dogs are allowed, especially cute ones

The bar sets up a corral to keep the drunks off the street, I assume...

The bar sets up a corral to keep the drunks off the street, I assume…

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Ducks!

Ducks!

 

DT was killing it at horseshoes

DT was killing it at horseshoes

So was RB

So was RBT and I did okayT and I did okay

We dealt with a bit of rain, but it was beautiful

We dealt with a bit of rain, but it was beautiful

Climbing the Pony Pony. A series.

Climbing the Pony Pony. A series.

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The whole crew!

The whole crew!

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