Frequently Asked Questions

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Who does the River Region Duck Dash benefit?

All proceeds from the River Region Duck Dash benefit Wetumpka Rotary, a 501(c)(3) charity which distributes proceeds from the duck race to local non-profits. Please visit our River Region Duck Dash Facebook Page and learn more about the River Region Duck Dash and our Wetumpka Rotary Club Facebook page for more information.

How does it work?

Everyone who adopts a duck, whether online, in the mail, at a Duck Dash 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.

How do my ducks get in the water?

Let’s Tag! A few days prior to the River Region Duck Dash, 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.

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What is my tag number?

Tag numbers are automatically and randomly assigned by computer. We want to make sure that no duck has an unfair advantage 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 if you have 4,000 Adopted Ducks but you have 5,000 Tagged Ducks on Duck Dash Day?

If all our ducks have not been adopted by race day, it means that a lucky adopter can still adopt up to an hour prior to the race. 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 race is not sold out.

When and where is the River Region Duck Dash and what does it cost?

The River Region Duck Dash will take place at Gold Star Park on Saturday, October 12, 2019. A total of 5,000 ducks will be launched from the Bibb Graves Bridge at approximately 11:00 a.m. The first 3 ducks through the finish line will win some amazing prizes. This will be a free family event with live entertainment and activities throughout the afternoon for families.

How will I know if my duck wins?

Wetumpka Rotary 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, Wetumpka Rotary will work hard to train, coach, and make sure each one is ready for Duck Dash day. 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. We do hope you will join us for the festivities though!

Can I adopt ducks on race day?

If all of our 5,000 ducks have not been adopted as of Friday, October 5, 2018 the remaining ducks will be available for adoption on race day until one hour prior to the start of the race at an adoption booth set up during the Wetumpka Craterfest at Gold Star Park .

How do I contact someone at Wetumpka Rotary if I have questions that are not answered here?

Please contact us by emailing or calling Duck Dash Central at 334.850.5618.