What is the Southern Illinois Ducky Derby Dash? The Southern Illinois Ducky Derby Dash at the Du Quoin State Fair is a signature fundraising event for Special Olympics Illinois. On September 1, 2019 thousands of spectators will watch 8,000+ Ducks splash into the lake behind the Exhibition Hall on the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds and race towards the finish line.

Race Day kicks off at 1:00pm with a parade! The ducks race at 3:00pm, followed by entertainment for the entire family – live music, face painting, games, and an appearance by Splash, the Duck.

How do I adopt a duck? You can Adopt a duck for only $5. Get more chances to win by purchasing a Quack Pack (6 ducks for $25), Flock of Ducks (24 ducks for $100) or Ducky Derby Donor (60 ducks for $250)!

*Are you adopting a duck on behalf of a friend, co-worker or family member affiliated with a Sales Team? If so, be sure to select the team you want to get credit for your adoption. Click on a team member name to give credit to a specific person.

What if my duck wins? You could be the winner of one of our great prizes!

How do I get involved? Sales teams are forming now. Put together a group of friends, colleagues or family members to join the fun. Teams compete for bragging rights and great prizes. To form a Sales Team click here. For more information on starting a team or to volunteer, contact Jackie Flechs at jflechs@soill.org - phone: 618-383-4526 or Kim Talley at ktalley@soill.org - phone 618-457-2969.


  • PRIZE #1 All-Inclusive Vacation to Cancun
    PRIZE #1 All-Inclusive Vacation to Cancun
    Three night all-inclusive trip to Cancun, Mexico for two adults departing from St. Louis. Winner must be at least 21 years old or traveling with a legal guardian. Courtesy of Apple Vacations, America's Favorite Vacation Company and Riu Hotels and Resorts.
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  • PRIZE # 2 Stay and play package with gift basket from Alto Vinyards
    PRIZE # 2 Stay and play package with gift basket from Alto Vinyards

    Stay and Play golf and cabin in Shawnee National Forest, Makanda, IL.

    2-night stay in (2) 2-bedroom cabins, with 2 days of golf for up to 4 people (stay and play)

    Gift basket upon arrival from Alto Vineyards.

    Must call for reservations in advance. Certificate must be presented at time of arrival.


    503 Stone Creek Drive, Makanda, IL 62958

    618-351-4653 info@kellerscrossing.com
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    Alto Vineyards

  • PRIZE #3   Shawnee forest, wine, sleep, zip and eat package
    PRIZE #3 Shawnee forest, wine, sleep, zip and eat package

    Blue Sky Vineyard - Southern Illinois Winery

    1 night stay in the beautiful Tuscany Romance Suite at the Blue Sky Winery. Our Tuscany Romance Suite is furnished with antiques but also contains all of the modern conveniences of today’s living for a more enjoyable stay. The larger of our two suites, this room is a spacious, yet elegant room that is perfect for your next getaway. With antique accents and beautiful, locally made stained glass windows and hand-painted tiles adorning the room this suite provides an elegant sophistication. As an added bonus, our Tuscany Romance Suite includes a balcony that overlooks our wine bar with an additional balcony overlooking the rolling hills of the Shawnee National Forest.
    A European style breakfast is a great way to start the day. Hot coffee, fresh fruit, juice, croissants and wholesome deli meats and cheese are provided. Phone, microwave, mini fridge, satellite TV and DVD player are all available in the room. Our apologies but we do not offer WiFi access at this time.

    Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour

    Zip line for 1 person at Shawnee Canopy Zip line 3 hour tour.

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    About Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour

    Zip through 83 acres of Southern Illinois’ Shawnee National Forest.

    A canopy tour is an exciting way to experience the flora, fauna, geology and history of the outdoors by safely traversing an established route of ziplines and aerial bridges between platforms built in the trees. A canopy tour’s purposeful utilization of the natural terrain coupled with an intentional low environmental impact delivers an adrenaline-filled adventure and educational experience!

    Description of the Course:

    What an awesome combination- some of the most gorgeous terrain in the U.S. teamed up with Geronimo Construction, a premier builder of world class zip lines and canopy tours. Geronimo Construction has carved an adrenaline filled ecological experience out of 83 acres of private land, surrounded by the Shawnee National Forest. Unlike most, Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour is a 100% tree based “true” canopy tour. No man-made towers or cement will be found on this course. SBCT consists of 8 zip lines, three aerial bridges and two short ground hikes. You will cross a valley over a bouldered creek four times, the last on an 1100 foot zip approaching 40 miles per hour. The course ends when you walk over a 180 foot aerial bridge back to the forest floor to head home and plan your next trip to this awe-inspiring piece of nature.

    Then a gift certificate for a hearty meal located in the gorgeous Giant City State Park at the Giant City Lodge.

    Inside the lobby of Giant City Lodge

    Giant City Lodge

    They are famous for the all you can eat chicken but also have a bar and other menu items.

    Family Style Chicken Dinner

    Crispy fried chicken, mashed potatoes, country milk gravy, scratch dumplings, home style green beans, buttered corn, creamy coleslaw, homemade biscuits, butter, and apple butter.

    Adults 12.99 Children (Under 12 please) 5.99 Weekday Lunch Special Monday-Thursday 11 am to 4 pm. Just 9.99

    Available everyday for lunch and dinner.

    Our chicken dinner is served with both light and dark pieces. Requesting specific pieces will be extra.
    All you can eat while in your seat. Sorry, no to go boxes.

Jacob Dodson- Our 2019 Ducky Derby Dash Ambassador!