Frequently Asked Questions

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Who does Duluth Rotary Duck Pluck benefit?

All proceeds from the Duluth Rotary Duck Pluck will benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Northland’s Mental Health Access Program and the Rotary Club of Duluth #25 Foundation.

How does it work?

Everyone who adopts a duck, in the mail, at a Duck Pluck sales location, 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 pluck?

Let’s Tag! A few days prior to the Duluth Rotary Duck Pluck, volunteers will place numbered tags on the bottom of every duck that will be in the Duck Pluck - which is 5,000! 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 Pluck Day?

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

When and where is the Duluth Rotary Duck Pluck and what does it cost?

The Duluth Rotary Duck Pluck will take place on August 15th at Pier B Resort, located at 800 W. Railroad St. A total of 5,000 ducks will compete in the pluck. The first 13 ducks to be plucked will win some amazing cash prizes.

How will I know if my duck wins?

The Duluth Rotary 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!

Who can adopt a duck?

Anyone! However, 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 Duluth Rotary Duck Pluck team will work hard to train, coach, and make sure each one is ready for Duck Pluck day. After the race, all 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 our 5,000 have not been adopted as of August 14, 2019, 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 the Duluth Rotary Duck Pluck.

How do I contact someone at Duluth Rotary Duck Pluck if I have questions that are not answered here?

Please contact us by emailing or calling (218) 722-0451.