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Frequently Asked Questions

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When and where is the Fayetteville Duck Derby and what does it cost?

The Fayetteville Duck Derby will take place on Sunday, April 30, 2017 during the Dogwood Festival at Festival Park. A total of 5000+ ducks will be launched into the Cross Creek winning great prizes for their duck adopters. This will be a free family event with live entertainment, a kid’s zone, food and merchandise vendors.

How does it work?

Everyone who adopts a duck, whether online, in the mail, at a Fayetteville Duck Derby booth or in a sponsoring business, is entered into a database that stores all of the information. Next to your name is the number of ducks you have adopted. The tag range is entered into the database and all the numbers are shuffled up. Then, Tag Numbers are automatically assigned to the number of ducks you have adopted. Thus, if you adopted 5 ducks, your name will be placed next to 5 different Tag Numbers.

Who can adopt a duck?

Anyone! However, you must be at least 18 years old to adopt a duck.

How do my ducks get in the water?

Let’s Tag! A few days prior to the Fayetteville Duck Derby, volunteers will place numbered tags on the bottom of every duck that will be in the Derby - which is 5,000+!

What is my tag number?

Tag numbers are automatically and randomly assigned by computer. We want to make sure that no duck is taking steroids and the race is not fixed, so to ensure the integrity of the race, tag numbers are never given out. Rest assured, however, that all of the ducks you have adopted will be in the water.

How do I adopt a duck from a team?

On the website,, go to the Teams tab and scroll down to select your non-profit or school. Once you have clicked on your selection, click on the “Adopt a Duck Now” button. Your adoption will be credited to the non-profit or school you have chosen.

What if you have 4,000 Adopted Ducks but you have 5,000 Tagged Ducks?

If all our ducks have not been adopted by race day, it means that a lucky adopter can still adopt up to an hour prior to the 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 race begins, as long as the race is not sold out.

How will I know if my duck wins?

Fayetteville Urban Ministry 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!

Once I adopt a duck, do I get to keep it?

No. After you adopt your duck, Fayetteville Urban Ministry will work hard to train, coach, and make sure each one is ready for the Duck Derby. After the race, all of the ducks will fly off to their next race somewhere in the US.

Do I need to be present to win?

No, the winner does not need to be present to win. We do hope you will join us for the festivities though!

How do I contact someone at Fayetteville Urban Ministry if I have questions that are not answered here?

Please contact us by emailing Austin Duke at or calling (910) 483-5944 ext. 204.

Who does the Fayetteville Duck Derby benefit?

All proceeds from the Fayetteville Duck Derby benefits over 20 local non-profit organizations and schools in Cumberland County. Please visit our Facebook page at for more information on the duck race. For more information about Fayetteville Urban Ministry, visit us at