A Quacktacular Day of Family Fun for Everyone featuring Little Yellow Rubber Duck Races

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

Races run rain or shine!

Kid-friendly food and treats, Duck Derby T-shirts, whistles, and hats will be on sale.

All proceeds from the Derby support Mead Botanical Garden’s programming.

Derby Day Activities

  • Duckoration Station  (paint your little rubber racing duck)
  • Mr. Richard Sing-Along
  • Mr. Harley Sing-Along
  • Back to Nature Wildlife Animal Encounter
  • Face Painting
  • Magic Beans
  • Games and Crafts
  • Friendship One Mobile Playground
  • Winter Park Fire Truck exploration
  • Mobile Winter Park Library
  • UCF Bug Closet
  • Nature Crafts
  • Big yellow duck photo op area
  • and the Duck Races!

Special thanks to derby emcee Frank Hamner, who calls the races and tells the best silly duck jokes ever.  Thanks, too, to all the Duck Derby sponsors and volunteers who make the Duck Derby possible.

While at the Derby, enter to win a free week to the Mead Garden Young Naturalist Summer camp – a $245 value! [Click here to learn more about the wildly popular Young Naturalist Summer Camp.]

Free tree give-away by the Winter Park Urban Forestry department while supplies last.

Race & Activity Schedule

10:00 AM   Duck Adoption Opens & Activities Begin

11:00 AM   Big Sponsor Duck Race

11:10 AM Mr. Harley

11:35 AM Duck Race #1

12:00 AM Mr. Richard

12:30 PM Duck Race #2

1:00 PM Duck Race #3

1:15 PM Summer Camp Drawing


Many Thanks to Our Flock of Generous Sponsors! 

Mead Botanical Garden Inc. thanks all of our sponsors for their generosity and contributions in support of this fun family day.  The Great Duck Derby is hosted by Mead Botanical Garden Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, that works in partnership with the City of Winter Park to program, restore and revitalize Mead Botanical Garden.

The Great Duck Derby is hosted by Mead Botanical Garden Inc., and is possible thanks to the generosity of the following sponsors…

Golden Ducks

Bill & Alice Weir

Sue & Steve Foreman

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Lucky Ducks

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Good Eggs 

Quacker Backers

Toni Jennings

Bev & Roy Lassiter

Bill & Beth Neidlinger

Bowman & Blair Ecology & Design

A Budget Tree Service

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