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Congratulations to our 2017 Winners!

  • 1st Place: Connie M.
  • 2nd Place: Jennifer F.
  • 3rd Place: Whitney S.
  • 4th Place: Royce J.
  • 5th Place: Earl M.

Thanks to everyone for making our race a great success!

What is the Southern Illinois Ducky Derby Dash? The Southern Illinois Ducky Derby Dash at the Du Quoin State Fair is a signature fundraising event for Special Olympics Illinois. On September 3, 2017 thousands of spectators will watch 5,000+ Ducks splash into the lake behind the Exhibition Hall on the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds and race towards the finish line.

Race Day kicks off at 1:00pm with a parade! The ducks race at 3:00pm, followed by entertainment for the entire family – live music, face painting, games, and an appearance by Splash, the Duck.

How do I adopt a duck? You can Adopt a duck for only $5. Get more chances to win by purchasing a Quack Pack (6 ducks for $25), Flock of Ducks (24 ducks for $100) or Ducky Derby Donor (60 ducks for $250)!

*Are you adopting a duck on behalf of a friend, co-worker or family member affiliated with a Sales Team? If so, be sure to select the team you want to get credit for your adoption. Click on a team member name to give credit to a specific person.

What if my duck wins? You could be the winner of one of our great prizes!

How do I get involved? Sales teams are forming now. Put together a group of friends, colleagues or family members to join the fun. Teams compete for bragging rights and great prizes. To form a Sales Team click here. For more information on starting a team or to volunteer, contact Dave Hug at or 618-457-2969.


  • $1,000 Cash
    $1,000 Cash
    $1,000 Cash courtesy of Country Financial
  • Southern Illinois Experience
    Southern Illinois Experience
    Experience all that Southern Illinois has to offer!
    Enjoy a one night stay in a Honeymoon Suite at
    Blue Sky Vineyard. Get in touch with nature with
    two one hour trail ride passes at Giant City Stables
    and two passes for a Zip Line Canopy Tour at
    Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tours. Enjoy a gift basket
    and wine tasting for two at Alto Vineyards and $50
    worth of beer and merchandise from Route 51 Brewing. Finally,
    capture your memories with a one hour photography
    session by My Sun, My Moon Photography.

  • NASCAR Tickets
    NASCAR Tickets
    Two tickets to the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series Race courtesy of Chicagoland Speedway
  • SIU Recreation Center Membership
    Gain access to one of the best workout facilities in Southern Illinois with a 1 year pass to the Southern
    Illinois University Recreation Center.

Meet Abbigail...Our 2017 Ducky Derby Dash Ambassador!

Abbigail is 10 years old and lives in Pinckneyville, IL. This is her second year participating with Special Olympics. The softball throw is Abbigail's favorite, but she also enjoys the standing jump and running. She loves to practice with her little sister Isabel. Abbigail enjoys being outdoors, playing with friends and family, and especially making others around her laugh. Her biggest accomplishment in life is beating cancer! She looks forward to participating for many more years with Special Olympics.

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