The Great Duck Derby
"The Great Duck Derby" is a day of FREE family activities culminating in the famous rubber duck races! For just $5, adopt a duck and enter the race.
This is a great opportunity to discover or rediscover Winter Park's hidden treasure and to see the exciting plans for the Garden’s revitalization, Nature Center and programs.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
from 10am to 2pm
(park gates open at 9:15)
The Peabody Hotel Ducks will begin the festivities with a march to the Amphitheater at 10am.
Sponsors' Big Beautiful Ducks race in the 11:15 race. Admission and activities are free thanks to our generous sponsors. Please see the list below.
We also thank the many, many volunteers who help organize and run the event activities! Thank you all!
Adopt a Duck!
Anyone can adopt a baby rubber duck to race in either the 12:15 pm or 1:00 pm race. Ducks will be available for adoption at the Winter Park Farmer’s Market on Saturday, Feb 16, or at the Garden on the day of the Derby.
Adopt one duck for $5 each or get a Quack Pack -- adopt 4 ducks for $20 and get a 5th duck free!
Proceeds benefit the Mead Botanical Garden's education programs.
Family Activities - Fun for Everyone!
Fun family activities include:
- The famous Peabody Hotel Ducks
- "Duck-o-ration" (duck painting)
- Mr. Richard and his music
- Face painting
- Bean Bag Toss
- Bounce House
- Tales Two Tell Story Teller
- Central Florida Zoo Animal Encounters
- Duck races!
- Hike & explore the creek, boardwalk and butterfly garden
Food and drinks can be bought in the garden as well.
Tentative Race Day Schedule
10:00 AM - The Peabody Hotel Ducks march at the Amphitheater
10:15 AM - Tales to Tell Story Teller
11:15 AM - Sponsor Big Duck Race at the Pond
11:45 PM - Family Duck Race #1
12:00 PM - Tales to Tell Story Teller
12:20 PM - Family Duck Race #2
1:10 PM - Mr. Richard Sings!
1:40 PM - Family Duck Race #3
Duck Reunion Day!
Reunite with your duck on Sunday, February 24 at the park between 2pm and 4pm.
Support the event -
Show your stuff in the BIG Duck Race
All SPONSORS receive a very large, bright yellow, rubber duck to decorate and race. Sponsors show their creativity "duckorating" their entries with corporate logos and other theme-decorations.
Supporters will receive a complete package of benefits including V.I.P. seating at the event, mention on all printed event materials, publicity releases and a prominent listing at the Farmer's Market duck sale.
Mead Botanical Garden Location
The entrance to the garden is located at the east end of Garden Drive off 17-92.
- From Fairbanks, take Denning Drive south to Garden Avenue.
- Using a GPS, enter 1500 S. Denning Drive, Winter Park, FL 32789.
With limited parking in the garden, we encourage you to park at the The St. John's Lutheran Church lot, located on 17-92, south of Denning Street between Garden and Camellia.
Parking is free. If you choose to park in the surrounding neighborhood, please show due care by keeping your tires off the lawns.
Thank You, Sponsors...
Our Generous, Fine Feathered Friends!
Murrah, Doyle & Wigle, PA
Join them by contacting us at email@example.com, or send your check with the form below. Quack Quack!
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