Frequently Asked Questions
Who does the Duck Derby benefit?
Our fundraising efforts from this year’s event function to support many nonprofit organizations throughout our community.
When and Where is the event?
The event is taking place at The River Walk at Central Park in Flower Mound, Texas on Saturday, September 17th, 2022. The event is happening from 10 am to 2 pm, and the ducks are dropping into the water for Duck Derby at 12:30 pm.
Where do I park?
Head to the Marriott Courtyard (4330 Courtyard Way, Flower Mound, TX 75028) and there will be Rotarians directing traffic.
Can I bring food or drinks?
Food trucks and vendors will be present at the event, but you are welcome to bring your own food if you would like to. Please be mindful that the Town of Flower Mound alcohol ordinance will be in effect.
Will restrooms be available?
Yes. There are public restrooms at the north end of the riverwalk, and portable restrooms by the kids’ area and on top of the riverwalk parking garage.
How does it work?
Everyone who adopts a duck, whether online, in the mail, at a duck derby booth or in a sponsoring business is entered into what we call E-Quack, a database that stores all of the information. Next to your name in E-Quack is the number of ducks you have adopted. The tag range is entered into E-Quack and all the numbers are shuffled up. Then, E-Quack automatically assigns the number of ducks you have adopted next to Tag Numbers. Thus, if you adopted 5 ducks, your name will be placed next to 5 different Tag Numbers.
How do my ducks get in the water?
Let’s Tag! A few days prior to the Duck Derby, volunteers will place numbered tags on the bottom of every duck that will be in the Duck Derby! The tags are waterproof labels beginning with a 7 digit number and ending with a 7 digit number. For Example: 8580001-8590000
What is my tag number?
Tag numbers are automatically and randomly assigned by computer. We want to make sure that no duck has an unfair advantage and the race is not fixed, so to ensure the integrity of the derby, tag numbers are never given out. Rest assured, however, that all of the ducks you have adopted will be in the derby.
What if you have 20,000 adopted ducks but you have 25,000 tagged ducks on Duck Derby Day?
If all our ducks have not been adopted by September 17th, it means that a lucky adopter can still adopt up to an hour prior to the derby race. Their names will be placed at random into the mix, next to a number that does not already have a name by it. Anyone can adopt until an hour before the derby begins, as long as the derby is not sold out.
Is Duck Derby bad for the environment?
No. These adorable yellow rubber ducks race down a manmade river towards the finish line, where the winning ducks are revealed. After the race, The Cross Timbers Rotary club and their volunteers gather every last duck so they can be reused for the next organization hosting a Duck Derby event!
How will I know if my duck wins?
We will contact you using the information you provided with your duck adoption. You do not need to be present to win.
Are they real ducks or rubber ducks?
Rubber ducks, silly!
Who can adopt a duck?
Anyone! However, you must be at least 18 years old to adopt a duck.
Once I adopt a duck, do I get to keep it?
No. After you adopt your duck, the Duck Derby team will work hard to train, coach, and make sure each one is ready for Duck Derby Day. After the race, all of the ducks will fly off to their next race somewhere in the United States.
Do I need to be present to win?
No, the winner does not need to be present to win. The derby will be live-streamed this year, for the third year in a row!
Can I adopt ducks on race day?
If all our ducks have not been adopted, the remaining ducks will be available for adoption online on derby day until 30 minutes prior to the start of the derby.
How do I contact someone about Duck Derby if I have questions that are not answered here?
Please email the Cross Timbers Rotary Club at email@example.com.