A: Adopting ducks for $5.00 each is equivalent to buying a ticket for a raffle. Each duck “adopted” or for which you pay $5.00 gets a chance for the cash prizes which will be awarded to the winners.
Q: Do I get a duck when I “adopt a duck”?
A: No. The ducks are leased from a vendor, usually being sent from other races. They then need to be shipped to the next race.
Q: How is the winner determined?
A: Each duck is tagged with a number on the bottom that corresponds to the numbers in the database for each duck adopted. Someone paying $100.00 will get 20 ducks and they will be assigned random numbers throughout the sequence of all ducks adopted. At the end of the race course, there is a clear plastic tube (called a “duck trap”) which will hold about 10 to 12 ducks in sequence. The number on the bottom of the first duck entering the tube is located in the database to identify the winner of the first prize, the second duck identifies the second prize winner, etc. until all prizes are accounted for.
Q: How are tag numbers assigned?
A: About one week prior to the duck race, volunteers from the community come together and place numbered tags on the bottom of every duck that will be racing. The tags are waterproof labels with 7 digit numbers beginning with the starting number assigned in the computer database of adopted ducks. Prior to placing those tags on the ducks, the tags from the previous race are removed.
Q: How do we know our tag number?
A: No one does. The database assignment of numbers is done on the morning of the race. We can’t provide the tag numbers because we won’t know it until we run the Mix Report right before the race. We want to make sure that no ducky is taking steroids and the race is not fixed so numbers are never given out. However, all of the ducks that have been adopted will be in the water.
Q: Is the number on the “adoption papers” forms the duck number?
A: No. The number on the forms helps in associating all ducks ordered on the form with the adopter so we can follow up with winners. The number on the form also identifies the nonprofit organization who gets credit for the sale so they can be appropriately recognized. The number on the form should be used if the ducks are going to be adopted online to guarantee that the correct team is credited.
Q: Can we get the Quacky costume or inflatable balloon for an event or promotion?
A: The Quacky costume and inflatable balloon are reserved for the event sponsors and participating nonprofit organizations and schools and are scheduled on a first-come first-served basis. Contact Vic Legerton for availability and scheduling - email@example.com. The confirmed schedule will appear on "Quacky's Tour" webpage.