Frequently Asked Questions

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How do my ducks get in the water?

Let’s Tag! A few days prior to the Saco Bay Rotary Duck Pluck, volunteers will place numbered tags on the bottom of every duck that will be in the Duck Pluck - which is 5,000! 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 or in person at a Saco Bay Rotary Duck Pluck Booth, 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 the computer. We want to make sure that no duck is taking steroids and the duck pluck is not fixed, so to ensure the integrity of the duck pluck, tag numbers are never given out. Rest assured, however, that all the ducks you have adopted will be in the water.

What if you have 4,000 Adopted Ducks but you have 5,000 Tagged Ducks?

If all our ducks have not been adopted by duck pluck day, it means that a lucky adopter can still adopt up to an hour prior to the pluck. 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 up until an hour before the pluck begins, as long as the duck pluck is not sold out.

When is the Rotary Bay Duck Pluck?

Thursday, August 25, 2022 at the Old Orchard Beach Ballpark 14 Emerson Cummings Blvd., Old Orchard Beach ME 04064 (time to be determined), check our website , our Facebook page or for updates.

How will I know if my duck wins?

Saco Bay Rotary Club 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, Saco Bay Rotary Club will work hard to train, coach, and make sure each one is ready for pluck day. After the pluck, 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.

Can I adopt ducks on Duck Pluck Day?

If all of our 5,000 ducks have not been adopted as of Wednesday, August 24, 2022 remaining ducks will be available for adoption Thursday, August 25, 2022 at the event until one hour prior to the start of the pluck.

How do I contact someone at Saco Bay Rotary Club if I have questions or issues that are not answered here?

Please contact us by emailing:

Who does the Saco Bay Rotary Duck Pluck benefit?

All proceeds from the Duck Pluck will benefit: Various Local, National and International Charities and projects funded through the The Rotary Club of Saco Bay. Please visit our website ( ) or our Facebook page ( for more information.