Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions:

1. What is the Ken-Ducky Derby?

The Ken-Ducky Derby is a family oriented festival held on Saturday, April 27th from 4-8 pm at Louisville’s Waterfront Park by Joe’s Crab Shack. The race and festival will be held rain or shine. The festival requires a Pegasus pin because it is a part of the Kentucky Derby Festival and will be inside the Kroger-Fest-a-Ville area. At 6 pm at least 42,000 plastic ducks will be dropped into the Ohio River. The person who purchased the winning duck will win a 2019 Toyota Corolla provided by Toyota of Louisville. Each and every duck is collected after the race and shipped on to the next city's duck race.

2. Who benefits from the Ken-Ducky Derby?

All proceeds from the Ken-Ducky Derby support the programs and services of Harbor House of Louisville and our mission empowering individuals with disabilities and their families to lead fulfilled and productive lives. Currently Harbor House helps a little over 300 individuals, but there are over 35,000 individuals in the Metro Louisville area who could benefit from our services.

3. Do I have to be present to win?

Individuals do not need to be present to win.

4. Can a child adopt a duck?

Adopters must be 18 years or older to enter the race. A minor can put their name on the form as long as the parent’s name is included and will be responsible for the prize awarded.

5. Can I adopt more than one duck on this form?

Yes, adopters can adopt as many ducks on one adoption form as they like. A mix report is run the day of the race and the number on the adoption form will correspond with the numbers placed on the ducks. If you adopt 30 ducks on one form, you would have 30 numbers assigned to the number on your adoption form.

6. Can I take an adoption form home with me?

Yes, you can take a form home with you and complete it and mail it back to Harbor House in the envelope provided with the form. You will need to make sure you include a check or credit card number.

7. How can I pay for my duck adoption?

We accept cash, checks or credit card (VISA and Mastercard). Checks should be made payable to Harbor House of Louisville.

8. Can I adopt online?

You can adopt online by going to our website at

9. Can I adopt a duck on the day of the festival?

Duck adoptions will be available on the day of the festival until 45 minutes prior to the race at

6 pm, if there are still ducks available. Online sales end at 9:00am April 27th.

Duck sales will continue at the Waterfront until 5:15pm on April 27th.

10. What are the prizes?

First place – 2019 Toyota of Louisville

Second place - $1,000 cash

Third place - $500 cash

11. How can I win the Million Dollars?

The third place duck could also be the winner of the Million Dollars. Prior to the race, one out of every 3,000 ducks sold will be randomly selected and if the number on the bottom of the duck matches one of the pre-selected numbers, the Million Dollars will be awarded. This year's Million Dollar Duck is presented by Technology Plus.