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The Great Duck Derby


"The Great Duck Derby" returns Saturday, April 22, 2017


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

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.;  gates open at 9:30 a.m.


The Great Duck Derby is a day of fun family activities featuring the famous rubber duck races! 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, hayrides, silly sing-a-long, 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 will be onsite from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., so plan to have lunch at the Derby!  

Parking in the Garden is limited. Shuttle service 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.


Want to be a part of the Duck Derby team?  We welcome volunteers to help on Derby Day.  Community service hours available to students.  Please let us know if you are interested helping with the derby, email us at info@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, April 15. 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. Harley Sings 
  • Hay Rides
  • Face Painting
  • Games and Crafts
  • Bounce House
  • Animal Encounters
  • Fire Truck exploration
  • and the Duck Races!  

The first race is at 11 a.m., followed by a little rubber duck race at 11:15 a.m., then silly song sing-a-long with Mr. Harley at 11:45 a.m. and two more little rubber duck races between 12:30 p.m. and 1:15 p.m.  Prizes for the top three in each race.  Enter to win a free one-week registration to the Mead Garden Young Naturalist Summer Camp.  A $215 value!

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! 

Duck adoption and duckoration begins at 10 a.m.
The races begin at 11 a.m. with the Sponsor race, featuring a flock of specially "duckorated" Big Beautiful Race 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 2017 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. 

2017 Sponsors

  Golden Ducks 


The Joe & Sarah Galloway Foundation

Bill & Alice Weir


Lucky Ducks






Peter Gottfried & Natural Systems Analysts, Inc.



 Golden Eggs & Quacker Backers 









U. S. Trust  •  Toni Jennings  •  Frank A. Hamner PA fahpa.com
Beth & Bill Neidlinger
  •  Beverly & Roy Lassiter   •  David Carter Psy. D.
Track Shack trackshack.com  •   The Holler Automotive Group - CFMP


 Transportation Sponsor 



 In-kind Sponsors 

The City of Winter Park  •  Dubsdread
Linda Kulmann & Associates  •  Mr. Harley  •  Power Crunch

 Winter Park Fire & Police Department
 City of Winter Park Parks & Recreation & Lakes Departments


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