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Frequently Asked Questions

Learn about our cause and how the duck race works.
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Who does the Cross Timbers Rotary Duck Derby benefit?

In 2023, we provided grants to Adaptive Training Foundation, Broken Halos Haven, CASA of Denton County, Children's Advocacy Center, Cloud 9 Charities, Communities in Schools of North Texas, Cross Timbers YMCA, Giving Grace, Hearts for Homes, Heart of the City, Hurricane Ian Relief, Journey to Dream, LISD Back to School Fair, Naomi's Village, Our Daily Bread, PediPlace, Ranch Hands Rescue, Rotary Club of Cozumel, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, She Supply, Shelter Box, Sower of Seeds, Span/Meals on Wheels of Denton County, United Way of Denton County, Winning the Fight, and Your Home Team Cares.

How does it work?

Everyone who adopts a duck, whether online, in the mail, at a Duck Race booth, from a nonprofit partner 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 the Cross Timbers Rotary Duck Derby, volunteers will place numbered tags on the bottom of every duck that will be in the Duck Race. The tags are waterproof labels with a 7-digit number.

For Example: 8580001

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, the computer randomizes the assignment. Rest assured all the ducks you have adopted will be in the water.

What if we have 29,000 Adopted Ducks but we have 30,000 Tagged Ducks on Duck Race Day?

If all our ducks have not been adopted by race day, it means that a lucky adopter can still adopt up to 30 minutes 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 30 minutes before the race begins, as long as the race is not sold out.

When and where is the Cross Timbers Rotary Duck Derby and what does it cost?

The Cross Timbers Rotary Duck Derby will take place on September 21, 2024 at 1:00pm. The first 10 ducks through the finish line will win some amazing prizes.

How will I know if my duck wins?

The Cross Timbers Rotary Club 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!

Who can adopt a duck?

You must be at least 18 years old to adopt a duck.

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

No. After you adopt your duck, the Cross Timbers Rotary Duck Derby 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 race though!

Can I adopt ducks on race day?

If all our 30,000 ducks have not been adopted as of September 20th the remaining ducks will be available for adoption on race day until 30 minutes prior to the start of the race at an adoption booth set up during the Cross Timbers Rotary Duck Derby.

How do I contact someone at the Cross Timbers Rotary Duck Derby if I have questions that are not answered here?

Please contact us by emailing