Frequently Asked Questions

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Who does The City Island Duck Derby benefit?

All proceeds from The City Island Duck Derby will benefit the Autism Society Greater Harrisburg Area.

How does it work?

Everyone who adopts a duck 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?

Due to COVID, we needed to change the event to a virtual Duck Derby. We will print all raffle tickets the night before the drawing, and on Saturday, April 25th, we will draw a ticket and announce the winner of each prize. You can attend the drawing in person on City Island - adhering to the social distancing protocols, or watch it through Live Stream online!

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 of the ducks you have adopted will be in the raffle.

What if there are fewer than 5,000 ducks adopted?

We will only print raffle tickets for the drawing if they have been sold. If there are only 1,000 ducks adopted, then the drawing will be from the 1,000 raffle tickets.

When and where is The City Island Duck Derby and what does it cost?

The City Island Duck Derby will take place on April 25, 2020, at City Island.

How will I know if my duck wins?

The Autism Society Greater Harrisburg Area 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?

They are virtual ducks. Actually, it's a raffle, and you receive a raffle number. We have a ticket that matches that number, and we will draw the ticket live on Saturday, April 25th.

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. This year, the ducks are virtual.

Do I need to be present to win?

No, the winner does not need to be present to win.

Can I adopt ducks on race day?

Duck adoption closes on Friday, April 24th.

How do I contact someone at The City Island Duck Derby if I have questions that are not answered here?

Please contact us by emailing