Rubber Duck Race For Nonprofits

It’s the final countdown for the first ever Zoom Duck Derby and Walk! The event will take place on Saturday, August 4, 2018, at the Columbus Zoo and Zoombezi Bay in Ohio. The fun begins at 8:00 a.m. with a wellness walk followed by the Zoom Duck Derby at 9:00 a.m. where 5,000 rubber ducks will splash into the lazy river and race to the finish line. There are some exciting prizes for the winners including $5,000 in cash. If you haven’t adopted a duck yet there’s still time! Visit to adopt a duck online. All proceeds from the event benefit The Alpha Group of Delaware, a nonprofit that provides services to individuals with developmental disabilities. Examples of these services include work training, community employment, supportive living, and transportation. To read more about The Alpha Group please visit

We have over 70,000 ducks racing to kick off May so it is another busy weekend of duck races!

1st Annual Houston Duck Derby

Houston Duck Derby

Who: Clear Lake Christian School

Clear Lake Christian School was founded in 1993 with the purpose of equipping students both academically and spiritually.  Their mission is to develop students into deeply-rooted life-long learners, proficient communicators and productive leaders of society by providing high quality spiritual, social and academic opportunities.

Where: Clear Lake Christian School in Houston, Texas

When:  Friday May 4, 2018. The ducks will launch at 6:30 p.m. CDT.

Highlights: The community will enjoy watching 5,000 ducks race down a man made water slide for some great prizes including a $500 Visa Gift Card, an iPad, season passes to Schlitterbahn and an Amazon Echo.  Adopt a Duck, Inspire a Future!

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Reedy River Duck Derby

Reedy River Duck Derby

WhoRotary Club of Greenville Evening

Returning for their 14th year, the Rotary Club is racing 10,000 ducks for multiple nonprofit organizations in Greenville, SC. Nonprofits include: Shriners Hospital for Children, Mauldin Miracle League, the Carolina Youth Symphony and more!

Where: Reedy River Falls Park in Greenville, SC

When: Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT.  The ducks launch at 2:30 p.m.

Highlights: There will be games, children’s activities, entertainment, and exhibits from local artists. Prizes include an Embassy Suites Golf Resort Weekend Package, $1500 cash, and groceries for a year from Publix!

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11th Annual YESS Duck Derby

YESS Duck Derby

Who: Youth Emergency Services & Shelter

As Iowa’s largest provider of emergency services for youth, newborn through age 17, YESS touches the lives of more than 2,000 children per year through a range of programs designed to keep kids safe and help families thrive.

Where: Jordan Creek Town Center in Des Moines, IA

When: Saturday, May 5, 2018 at noon CDT.  Ducks launch at 2:00 p.m.

Highlights:   The community can enjoy an afternoon of family-friendly entertainment, activity booths, inflatables, photos with Quacky, and food samples from the restaurants in the Jordan Creek shopping center, all at no cost!

At approximately 2:00 p.m. a total of 36,000 yellow duckies will dive into the water to win one of ten prizes. This year’s prizes include a Landscaping Makeover, a Microsoft Prize Package and the Grand Prize winner receives $10,000 in cash!

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20th Annual Rubber Duck Derby

Rubber Duck Derby

Who: Boys & Girls Clubs of Lanier

The Boys and & Girls Clubs of Lanier help youths participate in the “Youth of the Year” leadership program, provides school supplies, provide healthy snacks, and more for the club!

Where: Lake Lanier Olympic Park in Gainesville, GA

When: Saturday, May 5, 2018 from noon to 3:00 p.m. EDT.  The Duck Fest is from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Highlights: Family and friends can celebrate Cinco de Mayo with live music from Stereotype, food and drinks. The highlight will be watching a total of 21,000 ducks splash into the lake and swim for first place!   This year’s prizes include a Diamond Solitaire,  Four Adventure Tour Passes through Canopy Tours and the quickest duck across the finish line will win the grand prize of $10,000 cash!

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3rd Annual Tired Dog Rescue Duck Derby

e Duck Derby on May 5, 2018

Who: Tired Dog Rescue

Tired Dog Rescue’s was founded in 2008 to help the huge population of abandoned, abused and neglected dogs along the Gulf Coast.  The dogs they take in receive all the medical care they need regardless of the cost and they ensure they are adopted into loving homes through their 100% volunteer based foster program.   Tire Dog also assists low-income families along the Gulf Coast with food and/or medical care for their pets as long as funds are available.

Where: Gulf Islands Waterpark

When: Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. CDT

Highlights:  A total of 5,000 ducks will race at the Waterpark for an afternoon filled with music, a silent auction, raffles, food, and door prize giveaways! Adopt a Duck. Save a Life. It’s all about cash for the winners and the Grand Prize winner goes home with $1,000 cash!  The second through fifth place winners will also receive cash.

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It’s one of our biggest weekends of ducks racing and we have a total of 96,000 ducks racing at the end of April.  Check out the details about each duck race!

Omega Nu Ducky Derby

Omega Nu Ducky Derby Poster

Who: Omega Nu

Omega Nu has been serving Santa Cruz County since 1903 through charitable events, scholarships, and community service.  One hundred percent of the proceeds from the Duck Derby goes directly back to the community.

Where: Friendship Gardens at Harvey West Park

When:  Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. PDT

Highlights: The Santa Cruz community will join together in Friendship Gardens at Harvey West Park to enjoy a fun-filled day of activities for children and adults. In addition, there will be food, carnival games, live music, and local entertainment! This unique race features a custom-built course a total of 12,000 rubber ducks will race in with several heats throughout the afternoon. This duck race features hundreds of prizes with gift certificates to local businesses in Santa Cruz! Adopt a Duck and Help a Community today!

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The Arc Montgomery County Duck Festival

The ARC Montgomery County Duck Festival

WhoThe Arc Montgomery County

For almost 60 years, The Arc has supported children, youth, adults seniors and families affected by disabilities like autism and Down syndrome by providing child care, work skills, training, employment, community living services, respite care and advocacy.

Where: Veteran’s Plaza, Downtown Silver Spring

When: Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. – noon EDT.

Highlights: Race fans can enjoy free activities and entertainment that is fun for the whole family featuring carnival-style games and photo opportunities with Quacky. A diver will swim through 7,000 rubber ducks, plucking out a special few to win prizes for their adoptive families! The Grand Prize winner wins $1,000 cash and the second place winner will go home with $750.  Third place wins $500.  One lucky duck may win a million dollars!

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24th Annual Ducks for Bucks Benefit Race

Ducks for Bucks Adoption Table

Who: Kiwanis Club of Fremont

The Kiwanis Club of Fremont was founded in 1955 and is an active and vibrant service club assisting the local Tri-City community.  They partner with multiple nonprofits within the community to adopt 7,000 ducks for their causes. Nonprofit selling organizations include schools, various youth organizations and clubs, churches, and adult & family service groups. Nearly $16,000 was paid out in 2017 to local charities and nonprofits!

Where: Fremont, CA at Elizabeth Lake

When: Saturday, April 22, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. PDT

Highlights:  This race involves the community by allowing any nonprofit to participate and earn money for their organizations! Family games begin at 11:00 a.m. and the ducks race at 1:00 p.m.

Some lucky duck adopter will win the great grand prize of a car of their choice, from any dealer in the Fremont Auto Mall up to a $30,000 purchase.  Other prizes include a grand prize of $2,000 cash, a Wellness package, and a weekend stay and fine dining package.

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15th Annual Ken-Ducky Derby in Louisville

Ken-Ducky Derby

Who: Harbor House of Louisville

At Harbor House, their vision for the future is formed by the needs and dreams of the participants they serve.  In implementing their mission of enhancing the lives of people with disabilities through employment, self-determination, education and community building opportunities, they are continuously leveraging limited resources in new and creative ways while staying at the forefront of positive trends.

Where: River Road in Louisville

When: Saturday, April 28, 2018. The ducks launch at 6:00 p.m.

Highlights: A total of 40,000 ducks will move from water to dry land this year.  The community can enjoy live music, face painting and family friendly activities   The first place grand prize winner drives home in a brand new 2018 Dodge Ram Truck provided by Swope Family of Dealerships.  Adopt a Duck, Win a Truck! Second and third place winners walk away with cash prizes and every duck in the race has a chance to win one million dollars.

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KinderMourn Hope Floats Duck Race

Hope Floats Duck Race

Who:  Kindermourn

Kindermourn provides hope for bereaved parents, grieving children and teens by offering support and counseling programs and empowering the community to effectively assist those who have suffered an unthinkable loss.

Where: U.S. National Whitewater Center

When: Sunday, April 29, 2018 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. EDT.  The ducks race at 3:30 p.m.

Highlights: Our final race of the weekend a total of 35,000 ducks are racing in the rapids at the U.S. National Whitewater Center.  One lucky duck is going home with $2,500 cash.

This duck race also features a team competition so make sure to Adopt your Duck under the right team name or start a team of your own! Adopt ducks and float hope!

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Rubber ducks are fun and your duck race promotions should be too!  Check out these ideas for some fun ways to promote your rubber duck race.

Duck Balloon Selfie Contest

Encourage people in your community to take a duck selfie with your duck balloon using a hashtag.  People who post pictures on social media are entered into a weekly drawing. The Exchange Club of Walla Walla had fun with this contest.

ways to promote your rubber duck race
Exchange Club of Walla Walla Duck Selfie Contest
Name Your Duck Mascot Contest

Post an image of your duck race balloon and ask your fans to post in the comments suggestions for your duck mascot name like our partner The Boys & Girls Club of the Blue Ridge did.  The name with the most likes wins a duck adoption and prize pack!

Fun ways to promote your rubber duck race
Boys & Girls Club of the Blue Ridge – Name our duck mascot contest
Track Duck Adoptions

Create a fun duck adoption tracker at your office to create excitement about your race such as our nonprofit partner, Center for Prevention of Abuse, did for their duck race.  Have employees participate in a “duckorating” contest and award a prize to the winner.

Fun ideas to promote your rubber duck race
Center for Prevention of Abuse Duck Adoption Tracker
Duck Hunt for Kids

Our nonprofit partner, Clear Lake Christian School, recently had a duck hunt for their kindergarten through 5th graders!  Students won fun prizes such as sunglasses and T-shirts.

Houston Duck Derby
Clear Lake Christian School Duck Hunt
Keep Teams Updated about Duck Sales

Post weekly updates to keep teams updated about their team sales to create some fun team competition such as this example from our nonprofit partner, Harbor House of Louisville.

Ken-Ducky Derby
Top 5 Teams Update for the Ken-Ducky Derby
Push Last Minute Duck Adoptions

Our nonprofit partner, Kids in Distress, posted this image on their Instagram page with the amount of ducks that were left to adopt and how those ducks could help their programs.

KID Duck Fest Derby
Kids in Distress Still Ducks Left

Share with us any fun ideas you have used to promote your duck race and we will feature them on our Facebook and Instagram Page.

The ducks are traveling to Paducky Kentucky for the 4th Annual Paducky Derby on April 21, 2018.  A total of 10,000 ducks are swimming to save, build and change lives.

4th Annual Paducky Derby

Paducky Derby on April 21, 2018

Who: Merryman House Domestic Crisis Center

The Merryman House Domestic Crisis Center is committed to saving, building and changing lives of those affected by domestic violence.  Along with a 24 bed emergency shelter, the Center offers a variety of intervention and prevention programs.

Where: Noble Park Pond in Paducah, Kentucky

When: Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. CDT.

Racer Highlights: The First Place Prize Winner goes home with $1000 cash and the Second Place Prize Winner ends up with $500 cash.  Each duck adopted goes directly to help the lives of those affected by domestic violence.  The more ducks you adopt, the better your chances of winning!

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We have a total of  15,000 ducks racing in Texas and Florida this week for two fantastic nonprofits who each help children in their community.

11th Annual Texas City ISD Youthfest & Duck Derby

11th Annual Texas City ISD Youtfest & Duck Derby

Who: Texas City Independent School District (TCISD)

The 11th Annual Texas City ISD Youthfest & Duck Derby returns this Saturday.  The TCISD, in collaboration with the community and the school district, supports a quality education for students by generating resources to enrich, maintain and expand programs to meet the District’s stated mission of excellence.

Where: Texas City Sting Creek

When: April 14, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. CDT.

Highlights:  Get ready for all kinds of fun family activities including face painting, food music and entertainment.  A total of 5000 rubber ducks will launch at 3:00 p.m. and race to the finish line.

Prizes: The first place duck goes home with a $2500 Visa Gift Card and the second place duck wins a DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopter Drone.  Other prizes include a 55″ HD TV, an Apple Watch Series 3 and a $300 Cabela’s Gift Card.  All 10 prize winners have the chance to win the “Lucky Duck” prize of a new $50,000 Ford Car or Truck!

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Adopt a Duck and Help a Child’s Future!

20th Annual Great Brevard Duck Race

20th Annual Great Brevard Duck Race

Who: Crosswinds Youth Services 

The ducks are headed back to Brevard, Florida this Sunday for the 20th Annual Great Brevard Duck Race! Crosswinds Youth Services’ mission embodies their belief that all young people should have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Where: Sand Point Park in Titusville

When: April 15, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. EDT.

Highlights: A total of 10,000 ducks are launching at Sand Point Park to promote the mission of Crosswinds Youth Services.  The community will enjoy food, activities and music.

Prizes:  One lucky duck will win the grand prize of a 2-year lease on a 2018 Honda Fit!  The first prize winner will set sail on a 4-night Disney Cruise Line vacation and the second prize winner receives a certificate for an exclusive Two-Park VIP Tour for up to 4 guests at Universal Orlando Florida.  Other exciting prizes include a leather chair and ottoman, an evening of shark fishing and a stay at the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront.

Adopting ducks changes lives!

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We have a total of 8,000 rubber ducks racing in the Graham Duck Derby this weekend.  The Rotary Club of Graham is going quackers over this event!

1st Annual Graham Duck Derby

Who: Rotary Club of Graham, Texas

The ducks are heading to Graham this weekend for the 1st Annual Graham Duck Derby!  The Rotary Club of Graham is getting all of their ducks in a row through this event by supporting local charities that will benefit from duck adoptions.  All proceeds will go towards College Scholarships, Teacher Appreciation, Habitat for Humanity, and the Coat Drive for the Goodfellow’s Angel Tree. The Rotary Club also supports the local Food Bank, the Backpack Buddies pantry and other community groups.

Where: Fireman’s Park in Graham, Texas

When: Saturday, April 7th from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. CDT. Ducks will race at 2:00 p.m.

Highlights:  Join the Rotarians for a family fun day when they launch 8,000 yellow rubber ducks into the water.  The community will enjoy family activities, games, remote control boats, bounce houses, live music, face painting, food trucks, a beverage tent, prizes and more.  The duck race will start immediately following the Spivey Hill Challenge 5K and 1K Fun Run.  One $5 duck adoption will feed a child for the weekend!

Prizes:  The first place duck wins a $2,500 Visa Gift Card and the second place duck wins a $500 Visa Gift Card.  Third place wins a $100 Visa Gift Card. If your duck finishes last, don’t worry since there is also a Dead Duck Last prize of a $250 Visa Gift Card.

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We have a total of  40,000 ducks racing in Lafayette and La Mirada this Week for two nonprofits who each help children in their community.

28th Annual Great Acadiana Running of the Ducks 
Boys & Girls Club of Acadiana Duck Race
Photo credit: Kaptography Photography

Who: Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana in Lafayette, Louisiana

The 28th Annual Great Acadiana Running of the Ducks returns this week!

Where: Red Lerille’s Health & Raquet Club

When: March 28, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. EST.

Highlights:  Duck race fans can enjoy music, family-friendly activities, and visit with Quacky the Duck.   Fans can watch 35,000 rubber ducks slide down the waterslide into the pool where they will race to win one of 13 prizes!

This year’s prizes include weekly combo meals for a year to Sonic and Burgersmith,   jewelry from Armentor Jewelers and an AT&T Technology Bundle package.  In addition, other prizes include a year membership at Red Lerille’s and a gift certficate for one car wash each week for a year from Ambassador Car Wash.  The quickest duck will win the grand prize of a 2018 Subaru Legacy from Giles Automotive.

The best part of this evening is that all of the funds raised directly benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana! The Boys & Girls Clubs provides:

  • Ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals.
  • A safe place for children to learn and grow.
  • Life-enhancing programs and character development experience.
  • Hope and opportunity!

Adopt a Duck and Help a Child’s Future!

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11th Annual Going Quackers for Kids Derby Duck Race

Derby Duck Race

Who: Kiwanis  of La Mirada

The ducks are headed to La Mirada, California this weekend for the 11th Annual Going Quackers for Kids Derby Duck Race.

Where: Splash La Mirada Aquatic Center in La Mirada

When: March 31, 2018. Sponsor and Derby Duck Race start at 11:00 a.m.

Highlights: The event begins with an Easter Egg Hunt and Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast.  The Easter Egg Hunt and Pancake Breakfast starts at 9:00 a.m. and will end around 10:30 a.m. PDT.  Then, at 11:00 a.m., the ducks will launch and start racing at SPLASH La Mirada Regional Aquatic Center.  The ducks are swimming to win the grand prize of $1,500 in addition to many other prizes.

The La Mirada chapter began in November 1979 and all of its members continue to identify the service needs and raise funds for many organizations and families in need.  Proceeds from the duck race will be divided among youth-based nonprofit organizations and schools within the community of La Mirada.  Some of the nonprofits that will be raising money through forming a team include: Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire, Foster Road PTA, Meals on Wheels La Mirada, and High School Key Clubs.

Go QUACKERS for Kids and Adopt a Duck today before they sell out!

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Duck Fest Derby in Ft. Lauderdale on March 17

The 12th Annual Duck Fest Derby in Ft. Lauderdale on March 17 is this weekend.   The Duck Fest Derby has a fun St. Patrick’s Day Theme this year so besides lots of yellow ducks, there will lots of green!

Duck Fest Derby in Ft. Lauderdale

Who: Kids in Distress

Kids in Distress of Broward and Palm Beach counties (KID) is a licensed nationally accredited agency working for the prevention of child abuse, preservation of the family, and the treatment of abused and neglected children.  From their small beginnings as a small shelter in 1979, KID programs have expanded into a comprehensive continuum of care that fills the gaps and meets the needs of at-risk children and families in their community.

Where: Ft. Lauderdale, FL at Esplanade Park

When: Saturday, March 17, 2018 starting at noon EDT.

Highlights: The KID Duck Fest Derby is celebrating 12 years of racing rubber ducks!  Family activities include a bounce house, petting zoo, face painting, funny photo opportunities, fun with the Splash mascot, food trucks and more!  The KID Olympics returns for another year and each child who participates in every Olympic event receives a chance to win a fun raffle prize.

Prizes:  At 2:00 p.m., a total of 30,000 rubber ducks will make a splash as they race to win prizes such as a NCL Cruise for 2, a Seminole Hard Rock “Party Like a Rock Star” package, a gift certificate from Carroll’s Jewelers, golf for 4,  gift baskets and more! The grand prize winner goes home with $10,000 cash!

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2018 Fiesta Bowl Running of the Bills Duck Race

The 2018 Fiesta Bowl Running of the Bills Duck Race returns to Arizona this weekend to kick off our first duck race of the season.

The SRP Fiesta Bowl Running of the Bills Duck Race takes place on Saturday, March 10, 2018.  The event runs from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Scottsdale Waterfront Canal.  The day is going to be filled with food, music and lots of yellow rubber ducks!   The highlight will be watching 15,000 ducks launch and float down the Scottsdale Waterfront Canal while spectators cheer on their ducks. Proceeds from the duck race benefit Fiesta Bowl Charities.  Fiesta Bowl strives to enhances organizations that contribute to the success of their communities through youth, sports and education.  Through charitable giving, the organization continues to enhance nonprofit organizations across Arizona by contributing $2.5 million during the 2017-2018 season alone and $10 million in the last seven years.

This year, there is a Cornhole Tournament that is going on during the duck race.  All cornhole participants will receive a duck adoption with their team entry.

The VID Duck Adoption Package gives the duck adopter some special perks.  You receive a prime view of the duck race from a private patio, food and drink tickets and interactive games.

The grand prize winner wins $7,500.00.

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Here is a video highlighting the 2017 Fiesta Bowl Running of the Bills Duck Race: