Frequently Asked Questions

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Who does The Great West Georgia Duck Derby benefit?
All proceeds from the The Great West Georgia Duck Derby benefits the Calumet Center for Healing and Attachment and the programs we provide.

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.

How do my ducks get in the water?
Let’s Tag! A few days prior to the Great West Georgia Duck Derby, volunteers will place numbered tags on the bottom of every duck that will be in the Duck Derby- 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

How will my ducks get out of the water and keep our lake safe and clean?
Upon arrival, all of the ducks will be inspected as part of the check-in process to make sure that they have floats and are in good condition. This will be done Duck by Duck because we have to tag each one with a serial number. (Our duck tagging party is currently scheduled for May 7th at 6 PM).

The Ducks will be inside of a specifically designed "race track" that is close to the shore and travels alongside the shore from the boat ramp to a dock. We also have scheduled a team of kayakers to monitor the ducks during the race to make sure none of them travel outside of the track.

We will use milk crates to scoop all of the ducks out of the water from the dock. We will then count the ducks after to make sure we haven't left a footprint.

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 derby, tag numbers are never given out. Rest assured, however, that all of the ducks you have adopted will be in the derby.

What if you have 4,000 Adopted Ducks but you have 5,000 Tagged Ducks on Duck Derby Day?
If all our ducks have not been adopted by duck 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 derby begins, as long as the derby is not sold out.

When and where is the Great West Georgia Duck Derby and what does it cost?
The Great West Georgia Duck Derby will take place on May 15th, 2021. A minimum of 5,000 ducks will be in the duck pluck.

How will I know if my duck wins?
The Calumet Center for Healing and Attachment 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 Great West Georgia Duck Derby team will work hard to train, coach, and make sure each one is ready for Duck Derby 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. The derby will be live-streamed this year due to COVID 19 restrictions.

Can I adopt ducks on race day?
If all our 5,000 ducks have not been adopted as of Friday, May 14, 2021, the remaining ducks will be available for adoption online on derby day until 30 minutes prior to the start of the derby.

How do I contact someone at the Great West Georgia Duck Derby if I have questions that are not answered here?
Please contact us by emailing