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The Great Duck Derby

Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 10:00


"The Great Duck Derby" is a day of fun family activities featuring the famous rubber duck races!

Saturday, February 28, 2015
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Park gates open at 9:30 a.m.

Adopt a race duck for just $5 or get a $20 Five-Duck Quack Pack. Admission, parking and other activities are FREE thanks to our generous sponsors.  Along with the races, activities include duckoration, bounce house, face painting, Mr. Richard sings, hayrides, Central Flroida Zoo Animal Encounters, fire truck exploration, and hikes along the creek and throughout the garden.

Food, drinks and sweet treats, as well as Duck Derby t-shirts and whistles will be available for purchase. Food trucks (Curbside ChefSMACSwedeDish900 Degreez Pizza, and Sweet City Gelatowill be onsite from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., so plan to have lunch at the Derby!  

Parking in the Garden is limited. Additional parking is available at St. John's Lutheran Church at the corner of US Hwy 17-92 and Garden Ave. Shuttle service between St. John's and the Garden is generously provided by Park, Bark and Fly.

Mead Garden thanks the Duck Derby sponsors who make the day possible.  We also thank the many, many volunteers who help organize and run the event activities!  Special kudos to MC Frank Hamner, who calls the races and shamelessly shares the best duck jokes ever.  We also welcome this year's special guest, Orlando Sentinel columnist Scott Maxwell, a big Duck Derby and Mead Garden fan.

Volunteer opportunities are still available. Community service certificates are awarded to students.  If you would like to help make this the best Duck Derby ever, please contact us at volunteer@meadgarden.org!

Proceeds from the derby support youth nature programming at Mead Botanical Garden including Mead's Young Naturalist Summer Day Camp. 

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Click here for more information.

Adopt a Duck! 

​For just $5, adopt a duck and enter the race. Or get a Quack Pack -- adopt 4 ducks for $20 and get a 5th duck free!

Adopt a baby rubber duck to enter the race! Duck adoptions ($5) take place at the Garden on Derby Day and at the Winter Park Farmer’s Market on Saturday, February 21. Supplies will be available on Derby Day so you can custom "duck-o-rate" your duck to get ready for the race!

Family Activities - Fun for Everyone!

Duck Derby family activities include:

  • "Duck-o-ration" (duck painting)
  • Mr. Richard Sings 
  • Hay Rides
  • Face Painting
  • Games and Crafts
  • Bounce House
  • Central Florida Zoo Animal Encounters
  • Fire Truck exploration
  • and the Duck Races! 

The first race is at 11 a.m., followed by Mr. Richard Sings at 11:20 a.m. and three little rubber duck races between 11:45 am and 1:30 pm.  Prizes for the top three in each race.

Bring your picnic blankets, take a hike along the creek, and enjoy the great outdoors. Food, drinks and sweet treats, as well as Duck Derby t-shirts and whistles will be available for purchase.

Many Thanks to Our Flock of Generous Sponsors! 

The races begin at 11 a.m. with the Sponsor race, featuring a flock of specially "duck-o-rated"
Big Beautiful Ducks.  Come cheer them on! 

Mead Botanical Garden Inc. thanks all of our sponsors -- individuals and businesses -- for their generosity and contributions in support of this fun family day. Sponsors receive an extra large, bright yellow rubber duck to race in the Sponsor Race. Sponsors show their creativity by "duck-o-rating" their entries with corporate logos and other themed decorations. Click here for 2015 sponsorship opportunities.

The Great Duck Derby is hosted by Mead Botanical Garden Inc. All proceeds from the Great Duck Derby support the Young Naturalist Summer Camp and other environmental education programs at Mead Garden. Mead Botanical Garden Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that works in partnership with the City of Winter Park to restore and revitalize Mead Botanical Garden. 

2015 Sponsors

  Lucky Ducks 




Karin & Jeff Thill



Golden Eggs 



Frank Hamner, P.A.  •  College Park Construction  •  David C. Cross

David Hughes  •  Orlando Health  •  Bill & Alice Weir


 Quacker Backers 




David Carter, Psy.D  •  Toni Jennings
Jacki's Fitness
  •  Beverly & Roy Lassiter
Margery Pabst Steinmetz & Chuck Steinmetz

 Transportation Sponsor 


 In-kind Sponsors 

Central Florida Zoo  •  The City of Winter Park  •  Dexter's  •  Dubsdread
Linda Kulmann & Associates  •  Mr. Richard  •  Keep Winter Park Beautiful
Publix Supermarket at Hollieanna Shopping Center
Winter Park Fire and Police Departments  •  City of Winter Park Lakes Division

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