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The Great Duck Derby

Join the fun and races at 

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

10 AM - 2 PM; gates open at 9:30 AM

The Derby runs rain or shine!


"The Great Duck Derby" is a family fun day at Mead Garden, featuring the famous little rubber duck races and tons of kid-friendly activities.                                

Thanks to our fine flock of Duck Derby sponsors, it's just $5 to adopt a race duck and all other activities are FREE! 

Race and Activity Schedule

10:00 a.m.         Duck Adoption and Activities begin  (see list of activities below)

11:00 a.m.         Welcome by Emcee Frank Hamner and special guest Scott Maxwell

11:05 a.m.         Big Beautiful Sponsor Race

11:15 a.m.         Silly Song Sing-Along with Mr. Harley

11:45 a.m.         Little Duck Family Race #1

12:30 p.m.         Little Duck Family Race #2

  1:15 p.m.         Little Duck Family Race #3


Parking in the Garden is limited.  Overflow parking lot at corner of Orange Ave. and Denning. Complimentary shuttle generously provided by Park, Bark & Fly.   Pack a picnic or grab lunch, hot dog or a sweet treat from food trucks, including Jeremiah's.  Enter drawing to win free week at Mead's Young Naturalist Summer Camp. All proceeds benefit children's nature education programs at Mead. 

Activities include:

Duckoration station where kids get their race ducks ready, baby chick and bunny animal encounter, nature hikes and scavenger hunts, bounce houses, silly song sing-along with Mr. Harley, the Winter Park Fire Department's big red engine, crafts and games, and more!  Free tree give away by the Winter Park Urban Forestry department.

Food, drinks and sweet treats, as well as Duck Derby t-shirts and whistles will be available for purchase.  For more information, visit www.meadgarden.org. 


Mead Garden thanks the Duck Derby sponsors and volunteers who make the Duck Derby possible.  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 volunteer@meadgarden.org

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

IDEAS FOR YOU SPONSOR DUCK DECORATIONS:  Click here for a Gallery of former Champions!

Adopt a Duck and enter the race! 

​For just $5, adopt a duck or pick up a Quack Pack -- adopt 4 ducks for $20 and get a 5th duck free!  Credit Cards welcome.


Family Activities - Fun for Everyone!

Duck Derby family activities include:

  • Duckoration Station  (rubber painting)
  • Silly Song Sing-Along with Mr. Harley 
  • Nature Hikes and Scavenger Hunts
  • Face Painting
  • Magic Beans
  • 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 $225 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! 

The races begin at 11 a.m. with the Sponsor race, featuring a flock of fancy, 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.
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 



Bill & Alice Weir


Lucky Ducks






Peter Gottfried & Natural Systems Analysts, Inc.


 Good Eggs & Quacker Backers 







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

Jeffrey & Caroline Blydenburgh  •  Jewett Orthopedic


 Transportation Sponsor 



 Fine Feathered Friends and In-kind Sponsors 

The City of Winter Park  •  Tap Room at Dubsdread 

 Linda Kulmann & Associates  •  Westminister Winter Park  •  Power Crunch •  Bowman & Blair  •  Winter Park Public Library 

 Winter Park Fire & Police Department

 City of Winter Park Parks & Recreation, Lakes and Urban Forestry Departments


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