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Frequently Asked Questions

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Who does the Coastal Duck Derby benefit?

All proceeds from the Coastal Duck Derby benefit the Open House Youth Shelter of Coastal Horizons Center, a 501(c)(3) charity. In addition to meeting the basic needs for food, clothing and shelter, Open House encourages youths’ personal growth through counseling services, vocational/educational and life skill building activities and recreational activities. At Open House, a kid can focus on being a kid! Please visit us at: http://www.coastalhorizons.org/ and Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/OpenHouseYouthShelter.

How does it work?

Everyone who adopts a duck, whether online, by 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.

What is my tag number?

Tag numbers are automatically and randomly assigned by the computer program. 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 race, tag numbers are never given out. Rest assured, however, that all of the ducks you have adopted will be in the water.

Let’s Tag! A few days prior to the Coastal Duck Derby, volunteers will place numbered tags on the bottom of every duck that will be in the Derby - which is a minimum of 5,000! The tags are waterproof labels beginning with a 7 digit number and ending with a 7 digit number.

For Example:
7458001-7463000

How do my ducks get in the water?

Amazing Duck Deployment volunteers make sure that all ducks get in the water and race toward the finishing line uninterrupted.

What if you have 14,000 Adopted Ducks but you have 15,000 Tagged Ducks?

If all our ducks have not been adopted by Duck Derby Day, it means that a lucky adopter can still adopt up to an hour prior to the Derby. 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 Derby is not sold out.

What time is the Coastal Duck Derby?

The Derby Celebration will start at 6:00 p.m. at Jungle Rapids Water Park (5320 Oleander Drive, please park in the field next to the park if the parking lot is full). There will be music, food, libations, and activities for kids and a pre-derby race. This is a casual event that will be fun for adults and kids of all ages. The water slides will be closed in preparation of the race. The ducks will be launched down the blue water slide and begin racing around the lazy river at approximately 7:00 p.m. The first five to ten ducks through the finish line win the race and some amazing prizes. We reserved the right to race earlier than 7 p.m. If there is inclement weather. We do this to ensure the safety of our guests and volunteers.

What happens if it rains?

Our ducks do not mind racing in the rain but they do not like thunder storms! In the event of rain, the race will go on but in the event of a thunder storm, we will follow Jungle Rapids policy in closing the park when lightning is detected. In the event of a complete “storm out”, we will race the very next day, at 7pm.

How will I know if my duck wins?

Coastal Horizons Center will contact you using the information you provided with your duck adoption. You do not need to be present to win. Winners will be posted on the website and on our Facebook page.

Who can adopt a duck?

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

Coastal Horizons Center board members and employees, their immediate family members, and principals from sponsoring entities, are not eligible to win any prizes from this event. CHC board members and employees can form fundraising teams to sell ducks but are not eligible to win any of the Coastal Duck Derby prizes on race day.

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

No. After you adopt your duck, Open House Youth Shelter will work hard to train, coach, and make sure each one is ready for Derby Day. After the Derby, all of the ducks will fly off to their next race somewhere in the US. We will have super cute official Derby Ducks available for purchase at the race celebration.

Is there an admission fee for the Coastal Duck Derby?

No, the Derby is open to the public and is held at Jungle Rapids Water Park at 5320 Oleander Drive in Wilmington, North Carolina. Please let us know you are coming when you adopt a duck so we make sure we have enough cheese and quackers for everyone!

Can I adopt ducks on Derby Day?

If all of our 15,000 ducks have not been adopted as of Wednesday May 31st, 2017 the remaining ducks will be available for adoption Thursday June 1st and on race day until one hour prior to the start of the race at a booth set up at Jungle Rapids Water Park.

Is there my duck adoption tax deductible?

Duck adoptions are not eligible for tax deduction. Please consult with your tax advisor. Sponsorships are tax deductible however! Please call Jamie at 910-790-0187 for more info.

How do I contact someone at the Coastal Duck Derby if I have questions or issues that are not answered here?

We are always happy to talk about ducks! Please call Jamie Thompson, Development Director, at 910-790-0187 or email jthompson@coastalhorizons.org.