How do my ducks get in the water?
Let’s Tag! A few days prior to the Texas City ISD Youthfest and Duck Derby, volunteers will place numbered tags on the bottom of every duck that will be in the Derby - which is 5,000! The tags are waterproof labels beginning with a 7 digit number and ending with a 7 digit number.
How does it work?
Everyone who adopts a duck, whether online, in the mail, at a 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 if you have 4,000 Adopted Ducks but you have 5,000 Tagged Ducks?
If all our ducks have not been adopted by Derby 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, as long as the Derby is not sold out.
What time is the Texas City ISD Youthfest and Duck Derby?
The 13th annual Youthfest and Duck Derby will run from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, 2020 and will take place at the Texas City Sting Creek. The ducks will be launched at 3:00 p.m. Come and watch 5,000 yellow rubber ducks swim to the finish line to win prizes for their adopters. There will be food, music and entertainment for all.
How will I know if my duck wins?
The Texas City ISD Foundation for the Future 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!
Once I adopt a duck, do I get to keep it?
No. After you adopt your duck, The Texas City ISD Foundation for the Future 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 there an admission fee for the Texas City ISD Youthfest and Duck Derby?
No, the Derby is open to the public and will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2020 at Texas City Sting Creek in Texas City.
Can I adopt ducks on Derby Day?
If all of our 5,000 ducks have not been adopted as of Friday night April 17, 2020, the remaining ducks will be available for adoption on Saturday April 14th until one hour prior to the start of the race.
How do I contact someone at the Texas City ISD Foundation for the Future if I have questions or issues that are not answered here?
Please contact us by calling Executive Director, Christina Payne (409) 916-0108 with any questions you may have.
Who does the event benefit?
All proceeds from the Texas City ISD Youthfest and Duck Derby go towards supporting a quality education for the District’s students by generating and distributing resources to enrich, maintain and expand programs to meet the District’s stated mission of excellence in education. Please visit our website for more information on our organization, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to stay up to date on our current events and news.