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CASA Ducky Derby FAQ’s

Where is the CASA Ducky Derby?

We KNOW you will want to see 10,000 ducks going down a giant slip and slide! All kinds of family fun will be happening on Sunday, May 19th at 1 pm at CMT Ranch in Orcutt, 5200 Dominion Road in the big red barn! You do NOT have to be present to win.

Your entry into the CASA Ducky Derby is your 'ticket' to the event!

How do my ducks get in the water?

A few days prior to the CASA Ducky Derby, volunteers will place numbered tags on the bottom of every duck that will be in the Duck Derby - which is 10,000! These ducks are special racing ducks, so don't worry the event is eco-friendly! 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 CASA Ducky Derby adoption event or in a sponsoring business is entered into what we call E-Quack, a database that stores all 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 time is the CASA Ducky Derby?

All kinds of family fun will start on Sunday, May 19th at 1 pm at CMT Ranch in Orcutt, 5200 Dominion Road in the big red barn! The ducks will be launched into the water and begin racing at 1:30 pm. Ducks will race to the finish line and win prizes for their duck adopters.

How will I know if my duck wins?

CASA of Santa Barbara County 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, CASA of Santa Barbara County will work hard to train, coach, and make sure each one is ready for race day. After the CASA Ducky Derby, all of the ducks will fly off to their next race somewhere in the U.S.

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?

Duck adoptions are not eligible for tax deduction. Please consult with your tax advisor. If you would like to donate to CASA of Santa Barbara County and NOT receive any entries into the CASA Ducky Derby, click here.

Is there an admission fee for the CASA Ducky Derby?

Your entry into the race is your admission fee! We will have a list of those who have adopted ducks that we will use. There is no WiFi at CMT Ranch.

Can I adopt ducks on Duck Race Day?

Our ducks will all be sold out by then! Adopt now!

How do I contact someone at CASA of Santa Barbara County if I have questions or issues that are not answered here?

Please contact us by emailing or calling 805-739-9102.

Who does the CASA Ducky Derby benefit?

All proceeds benefit CASA of Santa Barbara County, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to assure a safe, permanent, nurturing home for every abused and/or neglected child by providing a highly trained volunteer to advocate for them in the court system. CASA volunteers make a real and lasting difference in the lives of the most vulnerable children in our community.

Please visit our CASA of Santa Barbara County website and Facebook page for more information.