The Southern Illinois Ducky Derby Dash is a signature annual fundraiser benefiting 23,000 athletes and over 13,000 Young Athletes for Special Olympics Illinois. Ducks can be adopted for $5 each. Every duck brings a chance to win the grand prize of $2,000! Additional prizes will also be awarded, like a two (2) nights and three (3) days stay + golf for two from Keller’s Crossing at Stone Creek; Disney World passes, and more.
Usually, thousands of spectators watch 10,000 yellow rubber ducks splash into a lake at the Du Quoin State Fair and race down the course towards the finish line, in person. This year, as with many other events, will look a little different - we will be drawing through a virtual race. Good news though, everyone can still enjoy the festival we will hold where we will announce the winners of that virtual race.
The festival will be held at Walker's Bluff, one of Southern Illinois' premier dining and entertainment venues on October 4 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.