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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 12,000! The tags are waterproof labels beginning with a 7 digit number and ending with a 7 digit number.

For Example:

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 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 11,000 Adopted Ducks but you have 12,000 Tagged Ducks?

If all our ducks have not been adopted by Derby Day, it means that a lucky adopter can still adopt up to an hour prior to the Derby. 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 Duck Derby?

All kinds of family fun will start at 12 PM at Highland Park in Endwell, including cash prizes, vendors, music, animals and more! Come watch 12,000 ducks splash down the racecourse!

How will I know if my duck wins?

The Broome County Humane Society will contact you using the information you provided with your duck adoption. You do not need to be present to win.

Is my duck adoption tax deductible?

Yes. Duck adoption proceeds directly benefit The Broome County Humane Society, a 501c3 charitable organization headquartered in Binghamton, New York.

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, The Broome County Humane Society will work hard to train, coach, and make sure each one is ready for the Duck Derby. After the Duck Derby, 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 Humane Society's Duck Derby?

No, the Duck Derby is open to the public and is held at Highland Park in Endwell, NY.

Can I adopt ducks on Duck Derby day?

If all of our 12,000 ducks have not been adopted as of Saturday night, July 25, the remaining ducks will be available for adoption Sunday until one hour prior to the start of the race at a booth set up at the Duck Derby.

Who does the event benefit?

All proceeds from The Humane Society's Duck Derby benefit the Broome County Humane Society, a 501c3 charity located in Binghamton, New York.