Frequently Asked Questions

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Who does the Duck Pluck Festival benefit?

All proceeds from the Duck Pluck Festival will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Red River Valley.

How does it work?

Everyone who adopts a duck, whether online, in the mail, or at a one of the duck adoption sites 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.

How do my ducks get in the water?

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

For Example: 8580001-8590000

What is my tag number?

Tag numbers are automatically and randomly assigned by computer. 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 the ducks you have adopted will be in the water.

What if you have 4,000 Adopted Ducks but you have 5,000 Tagged Ducks on Duck Pluck Day?

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.

When and where is the Duck Pluck Festival and what does it cost?

The Duck Pluck Festival will take place on September 12, 2020 at Urban Plains Park in Fargo (across from the Scheels Arena). A total of 5,000 ducks will be launched at approximately 1:30pm. The first 3 ducks plucked from the pond will win cash prizes and an additional 12 ducks will be plucked from the pond for even more great prizes.

As we are living in some pretty quacky times, if we cannot flock together at Urban Plains Park, don’t worry - we have a plan in place to host the pluck virtually! So, adopt away because you’ll still have a chance to win some great prizes and the proceeds will still support the quacktacular work we do at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Red River Valley.

How will I know if my duck wins?

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Red River Valley 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!

Who can adopt a duck?

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

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

No. After you adopt your duck, the Duck Pluck Festival team will work hard to train, coach, and make sure each one is ready for Duck Race day. 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!

Can I adopt ducks on race day?

If all our 5,000 have not been adopted as Friday, September 11, 2020 the remaining ducks will be available for adoption at the festival on Saturday, September 12th until 12:00 pm.

How do I contact someone at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Red River Valley if I have questions that are not answered here?

Please contact us by emailing or calling 701-235-2147.