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Frequently Asked Questions

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What time do the ducks race?

The DuckFest starts at 10 am and the Duck Derby race will be at 11 am.

How do my ducks get in the water?

The 19,000 ducks will be lowered onto Lady Bird Lake, from the Ann Richards Bridge on Congress Street, in an exciting and dramatic manner, under the supervision of the Austin Fire Department.

How will I know if my duck wins?

The Austin Boys and Girls Club Foundation will contact you with the information you provided with your duck adoption.

Can I adopt a duck for my child?

Yes, but the name on the adoption paper must be in the name of an adult (18 and older) for legal purposes.

Are they real ducks or rubber ducks?

Rubber ducks, silly!

Do I get a duck or get to keep one?

No, after you adopt your duck the Austin Boys and Girls Club Foundation will work hard to train, coach, and make sure they are ready for race day. After the Race, all of the ducks will fly off to their next race somewhere in the USA. However, we will have other ducks that you can purchase at the DuckFest.

Do I need to be present to win?

No, but it’s a lot of free fun on race day!

Does it cost to go to the Duck Derby?

Admission is free to the DuckFest. However, items will be available for purchase.

How much do ducks cost?

Single duck: $5
Six Quack (6): $25
Quackers Dozen (12): $50
Flock of Ducks (25): $100

Can I adopt ducks on race day?

No. You will need to adopt your ducks by midnight on Friday, August 2, if we are not sold out of ducks. If we sell out of ducks before race day, ducks will not be available for purchase on race day.

Can I buy merchandise on race day?

Yes. Ducky merchandise will be available for purchase while supplies last. Early ducks get the worm!

Do all of my ducks get the same number?

No. Each duck adopted is tagged with its own lucky duck number and those numbers are assigned to you. A few days prior to the Austin Duck Derby, volunteers will place numbered tags on the bottom of every duck that will be in the Derby - which is 10,000! The tags are waterproof labels beginning with a 7 digit number and ending with a 7 digit number. For Example: 2475001-2498000; 2475002-2498000; etc.

What is my tag number?

We can’t give you your tag number because we won’t know it until we run the Mix Report right before the race. We want to make sure that no ducky is taking steroids and the race is not fixed so numbers are never given out. However, rest assured that all of the ducks you have adopted will be in the water.

How does it work?

Everyone who adopts a duck, whether online, in the mail, at an Austin 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 if you have 15,500 Adopted Ducks but you have 19,000 Tagged Ducks?

The deadline for adopting the ducks is midnight CST on Friday, August 2 (unless sold out before). If all our ducks have not been adopted by the deadline, then your chances of winning will increase to 1 in 15,500 instead of 1 in 19,000, in this example.

Who does the event benefit?

Hosted by the Austin Boys and Girls Club Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity who leverages the proceeds to provide valuable assistance to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area. Each day, BGCAA sees more than 2,500 kids and operates 34 locations in the Greater Austin Area. Through programs that focus on Academic Success, Character & Good Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles, BGCAA helps our 7,500 registered Club kids each year grow into healthy, responsible, caring young adults and move toward a Great Future. For more information, visit