Ducky Derby

Release The Duckies!

This summer marks the 22nd Annual Ducky Derby and Street Festival coming to Castle Rock on June 9th. The Ducky Derby, hosted by the Rotary Clubs of Castle Rock and Castle Pines, is the largest fundraiser of the entire year for the clubs… and the most fun! Funds raised at the event are distributed to the Douglas/Elbert Task Force, Castle Rock Senior Center, The Family Women’s Crisis Center and Wellspring Community, among others. Rotary also funds student scholarships, youth leadership training and Boy Scouts of America projects.
This year, the event will include an art show and sale hosted by local artist guilds.

Festivities will run from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 9th, at Festival Park at Second and Wilcox Streets. There will be a variety of entertainment for children including a Ducky coloring contest, face painting, a bouncy castle and more. For the adults there will be music, food and drink, a silent auction and a variety of vendors to peruse. Saturday’s art show and sale will be held just one block north on Wilcox Street in front of the county administration building. The Court the Arts event, put on by the arts guilds of Castle Rock, is also free and runs from 10:00am-5:00pm on both June 9th and 10th.

Derby enthusiasts who are ready to race can enter the Ducky Derby by purchasing numbered tickets (available on weekends between 10am-2pm at King Soopers in the Castle Rock area, at Mama Lisa’s in Castle Pines North, or from any Rotarian prior to the race at the Festival.) Tickets are $5 each or five tickets
for $20.

Tickets also may be acquired online at where detailed Ducky Derby information is available.

Each ducky has a number affixed to its bottom. At the event, the Derby will begin at about 3:00pm with numbered Duckies being launched into East Plum Creek just below the I-25 bridge. The ducks will be taken out at a finish line down stream and their numbers will be posted on the festival grounds. People with numbered tickets have a chance to win cash and prizes! The two highest finishers will have a chance at winning $1 million or a new car. If those prizes are not won, the first three ticket holders will win cash; first prize being $2,000, second and third prizes $750 and $250 respectively. Additional prizes, donated by local merchants, will be awarded to people whose ticket numbers match Duckies with finishing positions up to about 50 places. All winners will be notified by phone in the days following the event. People do not have to be present to win.

Kick off the summer with one of the most beloved events in town. Get your tickets and get ready to race in the 22nd Annual Ducky Derby!

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