7th Annual Ducky Derby Dash will be held at Walker's Bluff Winery on Sunday, October 3, 2021!
We are currently planning to sell ducks starting August 1 to race day.
We are seeking sponsors, prizes, donations and selling teams interested in helping with this year's event.
Contact Kim Talley to discuss. 618-534-3111

Welcome to the home page for the the 2020 Ducky Derby Dash planned for October 4, 2020!
While we will only be racing virtual ducks this year, we plan to hold a family fun, socially distanced, safe outdoor event to announce the winners and celebrate our athletes. You can come anytime during the afternoon that Sunday to Walker's Bluff to the pavilion behind the tasting cave to buy your ducks (prior to race cut off), buy some fun souvenirs and to get your photo taken with our big duck or Splash the mascot. We will have 2 hours of music provided by the band Nine88. Check out their page here for more info.

Nine88 is a Murphysboro-based Americana/Bluegrass/Country/Irish/Gospel band originally formed by members of the Knights of Columbus Council 988.

Special thanks to our sponsor Walker's Bluff Winery for hosting this event.
Special thanks to our sponsor SIU Credit Union for supporting this event.

What is the Southern Ducky Derby Dash? The Southern Ducky Derby Dash is a signature annual fundraiser benefiting 23,000 athletes and over 13,000 Young Athletes for Special Olympics Illinois. Usually, thousands of spectators watch 10,000 yellow rubber ducks splash into a lake at the Du Quoin State Fair and race down the course towards the finish line, in person. This year we will not be congregating at the drop site, but will be drawing through a virtual race. Good news though, everyone can still enjoy the festival we will hold where we will announce the winners of that virtual race. The festival will be held at Walker's Bluff, one of Southern Illinois' premier dining and entertainment venues.

How do I adopt a duck? Adopt a duck for only $5 online by clicking here or form a Ducky Derby Sales Team! Get more chances to win by purchasing a Quack Pack (6 ducks for $25), Flock of Ducks (24 ducks for $100), Derby Donor (60 ducks for $250), Derby 500 package (120 ducks for $500) or Diamond Duck Pack (240 ducks for $1,000)!

What if my duck wins? The first place winner of the race will win $2,000 in cold, hard cash! But the runner up ducks will also win prizes, with more are being added daily. Second and third place prizes are a one-bedroom cabin for two (2) nights and three (3) days of golf for a couple, from Keller’s Crossing at Stone Creek. Fourth place will be two (2) Disney World passes with $100 Casey's General Store gift card and a $100 Visa gift card. More bonus prizes are being added to the prize packs every day, including local dining gift certificates and other surprises.

How do I get involved? Sales teams are forming now. Put together a group of friends, colleagues, or family members to join the fun. Teams compete for bragging rights and great prizes. To form a Sales Team click here. For more information on starting a team or to volunteer, contact Kim Talley or (618) 534-3111.

We will have details of the festival and other announcements on social media through the Region K Facebook page, the Special Olympics Illinois state Facebook page, and on Twitter.

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2021 Southern Ducky Derby Dash Ambassador: Kinzi Lloyd.

Kinzi Loyd – A Star Who Shines Through Giving


Kinzi Loyd is a 29 year-old athlete who lives with her parents in Eldorado, Illinois. Born with Cerebral Palsy and Leigh’s Disease, Kinzi faces multiple motor challenges and depends on her mother and other family members for daily care. She is able to verbally communicate with those who are familiar with her, however she uses a communication device to communicate with others. Kinzi enjoys learning and, despite her limited motor skills, she is able to use a fisted knuckle on one hand to type on her iPad and laptop.

Kinzi has participated in Special Olympics Illinois for several years, and she is always ready for a challenge. For example, she competes in bowling the best way that she can – by bowling with her foot! She also enjoys competing in Spring and Summer Games, as well as basketball skills and motor skills.

When not on the field of play, Kinzi helps with Special Olympics Illinois fundraising events and serves as a Global Messenger for Region K. She participates in the annual Polar Plunge and Ducky Derby, and was recently chosen to be Duck Ambassador for her region in 2021.

After graduating high school, Kinzi attended an outside workshop for adults with disabilities. She later decided that she wanted to pursue different avenues and started volunteering at the local elementary school. She worked with pre-school students and helped teachers by providing for and participating in activities with the students. She also worked at a nearby hair salon where she folded towels with the assistance of a personal support worker.

When COVID cases continued to rise, Kinzi had to give up her volunteer work and also her position at the salon, but she did not let that stop her. She loves to stay busy and keep her mind and body active. Despite her challenges, she is determined to continue to live a productive and rewarding life by helping others.

Over the years, her uncle has taught her about electronics and how to use various equipment for recording. With some assistance, adaptations, and modifications, Kinzi was able to make recordings and decided to offer a special service to others from her home. She now helps families by taking VHS home movies and converting them to DVD format. She uses her computer to design a label and cover then prints them to make a professional-looking product. She only needs assistance with placing the tapes and DVDs into the players and placing the labels and covers. She is able to perform the whole process by using her remotes, computer, and iPad.

Kinzi provides her VHS-to-DVD service at a minimal charge, then donates all of the profits to Special Olympics Illinois. The money she donates is used to support events and to help her own team, The Saline County Superstars Young Adults.

Kinzi’s talents are portrayed in so many ways. Whether it be through sports or creative fundraising, she makes a big difference in her community and is a star for Special Olympics Illinois. She loves participating in any way she can. Kinzi’s desire to help others, though, is and always will be what makes THIS star shine the brightest.

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