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Frequently Asked Questions

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How do my ducks get in the water?

Let's tag! A few days prior to the 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.

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How does it work?

Everyone who adopts a duck, whether online, in the mail, at a Duck Derby booth or in a sponsoring business is entered into what we call Equack, a database that stores all of the information. Next to your name in Equack is the number of ducks you have adopted. The tag range is entered into Equack and all of the numbers are shuffled up. Then, Equack automatically assigns the number of ducks you have adopted next to Tag Numbers. If you adopt 5 ducks, your name will be placed next to 5 different tag numbers.

Who does the Graham Duck Derby benefit?

Proceeds from the Graham Duck Derby benefit the Rotary Club of Graham, a non-profit organization to support their mission of service to others. Please visit the Rotary Club of Graham Facebook Page for more information about our organization.

How much do ducks cost?

Single Duck - $5

6 Ducks - $25

12 Ducks - $50

24 Ducks - $100

What if you have 9,000 adopted ducks but you have 10,000 tagged ducks?

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

What time is the Graham Duck Derby?

All kinds of family fun will start at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 27, 2019, including face painting, food vendor and kids activities. The ducks will launch at 2:00 p.m. and the first three ducks through the finish line win the race!

How will I know if my duck wins?

The Rotary Club of Graham 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!

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

After you adopt your duck, the Rotary Club of Graham will work hard to train, coach and make sure each one is ready for Race Day. After the Race, all of the ducks will fly off to their next race somewhere in the U.S.

Do I need to be present to win?

The winner does not need to be present to win. We do hope that you will join us for the festivities though!

Is there an admission fee for the Graham Duck Derby?

No, the Derby is open to the public and will be held at Firemen's Park located at the corner of Highway 67 and FM 61 in Graham, Texas.

How do I contact someone at the Rotary Club of Graham if I have questions about the Duck Derby?

Please contact us by emailing Pam Scott at