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Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who does OPERATION DUCK benefit?

All proceeds from OPERATION DUCK will benefit the Frisco Veterans of Foreign Wars (“VFW”) Post 8273, a charitable organization under section 501(c)3 and 501(c)19 of the Internal Revenue Code, whose mission is to provide unique and urgently needed services that improve the lives of veterans, military personnel & their families all the while supporting positive citizen involvement for the betterment of our community.

How does it work?

Everyone who adopts a duck, whether online, in the mail, at a Duck Race 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.

How do my ducks get in the water?

Let’s Tag! A few days prior to OPERATION DUCK RACE DAY, volunteers will place numbered tags on the bottom of every duck that will be in the Duck Race - which is 5,000 DUCKS! 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 Race Day?

If all our ducks have not been adopted by OPERATION DUCK RACE DAY, it means that a lucky adopter can still adopt up to 1 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 OPERATION DUCK and what does it cost?

OPERATION DUCK will be launched at the Roughriders Lazy River (“Duck Landing Zone” or “DLZ”) at Frisco RoughRiders Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas on Sunday, August 8, 2021 during the 7th inning stretch at the Frisco RoughRiders vs. Amarillo Sod Poodles 6:05pm game. The first 10 ducks through the finish line will win some amazing prizes.

How will I know if my duck wins?

The OPERATION DUCK Team will contact you using the information 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! However, if the prize winner is under the age of 18, a parent or guardian may claim the prize on their behalf. Winner need not be present to win.

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

No. After you adopt your duck, the OPERATION DUCK team will work hard to train, coach, and make sure each one passes inspection and 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 5,000 ducks have not been adopted as of August 8, 2021 the remaining ducks will be available for adoption on Race Day until one hour prior to the start of the race at an adoption booth set up during OPERATION DUCK.

How do I contact someone at OPERATION DUCK if I have questions that are not answered here?

Please contact us by emailing and a member from our Operation Duck Team will respond timely.