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Frequently Asked Questions

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What time is the Great Duck Derby?

The ducks will be launched into the Indian River Lagoon at approximately 2:00 p.m. on Sunday April 30, 2017.

How do the ducks get in the river?

A few days before the race, volunteers in the community get together and place a numbered tag on the bottom of each duck that will be swimming in our duck derby. On the day of the race, the ducks will be launched into the Indian River Lagoon and will be pushed by paddle boarders and jet skis towards the finish line.

How does my duck get assigned a tag number?

Each person who adopts a duck, whether online, in the mail or on the day of the event will have a tag number randomly assigned to their name. If you adopt 5 ducks, your name will be placed next to 5 different tag numbers.

Can I adopt ducks on Derby Day?


If all of our 5,000 ducks have not been adopted as of Saturday evening April 30th, 2017, the remaining ducks will be available for adoption Sunday before the race.

How will I know if my duck that I adopted wins?

Treasure Coast Community Health will contact you with the information provided with your duck adoption.

Who does the Duck Derby benefit?

Proceeds from the Duck Derby benefit Treasure Coast Community Health who serves over 16,000 adults and children per year, an overwhelming percentage of whom are at or below Federal Poverty Level. Many of these individuals do not qualify for insurance and rely on TCCH to provide needed medical and dental services at low and/or reduced costs.