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The Great Duck Derby

March 30 @ 10:00 am 2:00 pm

Join the fun and races at “The Great Duck Derby” – Coming March 30, 2019

Family Activities – Fun for Everyone!

Duck Derby family activities include:

  • Mr. Harley Sing-Along
  • Duckoration Station  (paint your little rubber racing duck)
  • Nature Hikes
  • 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 $245 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.

Calling for Great Duck Derby Sponsors! Click on the forms below to learn how you can join the raft of GREAT BIG DUCKS in the Special Sponsor Race.

10 AM – 2 PM; gates open at 9:30 AM

Or you can skip the forms and go directly to Sponsoring. Pick your level and click the donate button!






Sponsorship Levels

The Ducks love a light rain so they race 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!

Interested in volunteering? Contact emily@meadgarden.org

Race and Activity Schedule TBA

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, 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.

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.

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 Emily at emily@meadgarden.org

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

IDEAS FOR YOUR 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. 




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.


2018 Sponsors

Golden Ducks

Jeffrey & Caroline Blydenburgh

Bill & Alice Weir

Lucky Ducks

Steve and Sue Foreman



Ben Weiner





Good Eggs


David & Megan Cross


Frank Hamner P.A.



Quacker Backers


 Beverly & Roy Lassiter

Bill & Beth Neidlinger











In-Kind Sponsors

Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge
Bowman and Blair Ecology and Design
The City of Winter Park
The TapRoom at Dubsdread

A special thanks to all those who spread the word!

310 Restaurant • Alex & Ani • Arabella • Bangz Salon • Be On Park • Bebe’s & Liz’s • Blu on the Avenue • Blue Mercury • Boca • Bonne Vie • Charyli • Cotton Ways • Croissant Gourmet • Current • Eden Park Avenue • Eileen Fisher • Ethan Allen • Evelyn & Arthur • Eyes & Optics • Forema Boutique • Frank • Ginny’s Orchids • HAN Design • Italian Cuisine & Gelato • Kathmandu • Kendall + Kendall • Kennedy’s All-American Barber Club • Laurel Latin Cuisine • Le Macaron French Pastries • Lighten Up! • Lilly Pulitzer • Lucky Brand • Mon Petit Cheri • Ocean Blue Galleries • Oriental Rug Source • Originals of Park Avenue • Origins • Orlando Watch Company • Palmer’s Garden & Goods • Panera Bread • Park Avenue Pizza • Park Avenue Smoothie Cafe • Park Plaza Hotel • Peterbrooke Chocolatier • Remax • Reynold & Co. • Sara Campbell LTD • Scott Lauren Collection • See – Selective Eyewear Elements • Siegel’s Clothing • Spa Park Avenue • Starbucks • Sultre • Synergy • Talbots • Taylors Pharmacy • Ten Thousand Villages • The Ancient Olive • The Collection Bridal • The Grove • The Impeccable Pig • The Parkview • The Partridge Tree Gift Shop • The Spice & Tea Exchange • The Wine Room • The Winter Park Land Company • Through the Looking Glass • Tugboat & The Bird • Tuni • Una Donna Piu Salon • Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming • Wright & Company • Writer’s Block Bookstore



2017 Sponsors

  Golden Ducks 



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.

    Jewett Orthopedic

 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


1500 S. Denning Dr.
Winter Park, FL 32789 United States
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