Frequently Asked Questions

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If I have a paper certificate - where can I drop off a completed adoption certificate if it’s too late to mail it?

The Computer Store, 2008 SW Gage, Topeka. **(if you don’t have a paper certificate, adopt online and check the “No” box when asked about a paper certificate).

What is the deadline to adopt ducks online?

The deadline to adopt ducks online is 10:00 a.m. on Saturday morning September 17th

How does it work?

Everyone who adopts a duck, whether on a paper certificate or online, will be entered into our E-Quack database, which stores all of your adoption information. Next to your name in E-Quack is the number of ducks you adopted. The tag number range for all ducks adopted is entered into the computer on Race Day. The tag numbers are then randomly assigned to each adopted duck. E-Quack automatically assigns the number of ducks you have adopted, next to Tag Numbers. If you adopted 5 ducks, for example, your name will be placed next to 5 different tag numbers. ALL ducks have a chance to win!

How do the ducks get in the water?

A minimum of 10,000 rubber duckies will fall into the lake from a barge, and they will then swim, splash and bob their way down the cove South of the swim beach, at Lake Shawnee. Amazing prizes will be given to the lucky duck winners which will be randomly selected by our “E-Quack” computer database immediately following the Race.

How will I know if my duck wins?

Sertoma 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?


Once I adopt a duck, do I get to keep it?

No. After you “adopt” your rubber duck; after the Race, 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.

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 Race Day?

If all ducks have not been adopted as of Saturday morning September 17th, any remaining ducks will be available for adoption that day until 10:00 a.m.

How do I contact someone at Sertoma if I have questions or issues that are not answered here?

Please contact us by emailing or calling Julie at (785) 221-2014.