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Frequently Asked Questions

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How does it work?
Everyone who adopts a duck, whether online, by mail, or at the Duck Festival, is entered into E-Quack, a database that stores all of the adopter’s 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 randomly shuffled. 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.

What if you all the ducks are not adopted before the online or mail-in deadlines?
If all our ducks have not been adopted in advance, a lucky adopter can still adopt up to an hour prior to the Duck Dive. 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 in person until an hour before the race begins, as long as the ducks are not sold out.

What time is the Duck Festival?
All kinds of family fun will start at 9:30 am on Veterans Plaza in downtown Silver Spring, MD, including face painting, photo opportunities with Quacky (our mascot) and live family-friendly entertainment. The duck pluck (prize selection) will be held at approximately 11:30 am.

How will I know if my duck wins?
The Arc Montgomery County will contact you using the information you provide with your duck adoption. For that reason, we encourage to you to provide multiple forms of contact (e.g., address, email and one or more phone numbers). You do not need to be present to win. Winners will also be posted on this website.

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, The Arc Montgomery County will work hard to train, coach, and make sure it is ready for the duck pluck. After the Duck Festival, 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!

Is there an admission fee for the Duck Festival?
No, the Duck Festival is open to the public. However, we encourage you to support The Arc by adopting some ducks!

Can I adopt ducks at the Duck Festival?
If all of our 5,000 ducks have not been adopted as of Friday, April 27, 2018, the remaining ducks will be available for adoption Saturday until 11 am at a booth set up on Veterans Plaza in downtown Silver Spring.

Who does the event benefit?
All proceeds from the Duck Festival benefit The Arc Montgomery County's Children & Youth Services programs, KFICCC and After All. Your duck adoption will make it possible for children and youth with and without disabilities to play, grow, learn and explore their world, together. All of KFICCC's classrooms include children with disabilities or special health care needs, and typically-developing children. After All is a place where teens with disabilities can hang out after school, under adult supervision, and connect with other teens.