Frequently Asked Questions

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How do my ducks get in the water?

Let’s Tag! A few days prior to the Nashua Duck Derby, volunteers will place numbered tags on the bottom of every duck that will be in the Derby - which is 10,000! The tags are waterproof labels beginning with a 7 digit number and ending with a 7 digit number.

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How does it work?
Everyone who adopts a duck, whether online, in the mail, at a Nashua 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.

What is my tag number?
Tag numbers are automatically and randomly assigned by computer. We want to make sure that no duck is taking steroids 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 water.

What if you have 9,000 Adopted Ducks but you have 10,000 Tagged Ducks?
If all our ducks have not been adopted by race 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 race begins.

What time is the Nashua Duck Derby?
All kinds of family fun will start on Saturday, October 12, 2024 at 11:00 am at the Millyard Technology Park, 10 Technology Way, Nashua, NH 03060, including Numerous Art classes, exhibits and demonstrations, enjoy local food, and music. The ducks will be launched down the water and begin racing at 2:00 pm. The first 3 ducks through the finish line win the race!

How will I know if my duck wins?
The Rotary Club of Nashua 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 Rotary Club of Nashua will work hard to train, coach, and make sure each one is ready for Derby Day. After the Derby, 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. We do hope you will join us for the festivities though!

Is my duck adoption tax deductible?
Unfortunately, duck adoptions are not eligible for tax deduction. Please consult with your tax advisor.

Is there an admission fee for the Nashua Duck Derby?
No, the Derby is open to the public and is held at the Millyard Technology Park, 10 Technology Way, Nashua, NH 03060

Can I adopt ducks on Duck Race Day?
Ducks will be available for adoption Saturday until one hour prior to the start of the race at a booth set up at the Millyard Technology Park, 10 Technology Way, Nashua, NH 03060

How do I contact someone at the Rotary Club of Nashua if I have questions or issues that are not answered here?
Please contact us by emailing;
Who does the Nashua Duck Derby benefit?
All funds we raise from our fundraising activities directly support over 40 local non-profit service organization, over 10 Post-High School educational scholarships, various regional projects, and international efforts for Pure Water and Polio Plus. Please visit our Website or our Facebook page for more information.