Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I adopt a duck from a team?

Select the duck image on the front of the website or click the link underneath the duck image which will take you to the Teams tab. Select your favorite team and then select the adopt a duck now button. The team will receive credit for the duck adoption.

How do my ducks get in the water?

Let’s Tag! A few days prior to the Duck Race, volunteers will place numbered tags on the bottom of every duck that will be in the Race - 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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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 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.

What if you have 8,000 Adopted Ducks but you have 10,000 Tagged Ducks?

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 Duck Race is not sold out.

What time is the Antelope Valley Duck Race?

Quacktivities begin at 6PM with the $1 Million Dollar Main Attraction beginning at 8:30PM. All kinds of family fun will start at at the Dry Town Water Park, 3850 East Avenue S, Palmdale, California. Your admission ticket allows you to enjoy the DryTown attractions. The ducks will be launched into the Lazy River and will race to the finish line to win prizes for their duck adoptees.

How will I know if my duck wins?

The Kiwanis Club of Palmdale West 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?

No. After you adopt your duck, Kiwanis Club of Palmdale West 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!

Is there an admission fee for the Duck Race?

Yes, there is a $5 fee to attend the Duck Races. Tickets can be purchased online, at the event or at a participating school site in the south Antelope Valley. All Water Park attractions will be open for use; the Lazy River will close @ 7:30 to stage races.

Can I adopt ducks on Race Day?

If all of our 10,000 ducks have not been adopted as of Thursday evening, August 29th, the remaining ducks will be available for adoption Friday until one hour prior to the start of the race at a booth set up at Dry Town Water Park.

Who does the event benefit?

All proceeds from the $1 Million Dollar Rubber Duck Race benefit the Kiwanis Club of Palmdale West, Supporting Antelope Valley Education Foundation& other youth programs.