2019 Southern Illinois Ducky Derby Dash


Event Description:

Volunteers are needed to assist in various roles at the Southern Illinois Ducky Derby Dash at the Du Quoin State Fair on Sunday September 1, 2019. 


The Fifth Annual Southern Illinois Ducky Derby Dash at the Du Quoin State Fair is the newest signature fundraising event for Special Olympics Illinois. On Sunday September 1, 2019 thousands of spectators will watch 10,000 Ducks splash into the lake behind the Exhibition Hall on the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds and race towards the finish line. Race Day kicks off at 1pm behind the Expo Hall with entertainment for the entire family – live music, face painting, games, and an appearance by Splash, the Duck Mascot. Race begins at 3:00pm. 


Here’s how it works: You can adopt a duck for only $5, or increase your chances of winning by purchasing a Quack Pack (6 ducks for $25), Flock of Ducks (24 ducks for $100) or Ducky Derby Donor package (60 ducks for $250)! Prior to the Race, all ducks will have been tagged with a number corresponding to an individual who “Adopted” the Duck at a cost of $5. If you have one of the first ducks that cross the finish line, You could be the winner of one of our great prizes.


Volunteer Job Descriptions:

  • Festival and Entertainment: Set up tables and chairs for the event.  Run Kids Games, apply Duck Tattoos, assist as needed throughout, tear down festival after race.
  • Floaters: Provide relief to other volunteers, distribute water and snacks to volunteers, assist where needed.
  • Gold Room (Data Entry): Enter Duck Adoptions in computer in our designated space.  
  • Photographers: 1 on boat, 1 on land, shooting volunteers, entertainment, athletes, sponsors, and splashdown (dumping of ducks) and race.  Must provide your own camera.  
  • Sales Bankers and Runners: Collect and Balance batches of completed AP's and Money, make change, run money to gold room.  (MUST BE a SPECIAL OLYMPICS ILLINOIS CLASS A VOLUNTEER to sign up for this position.  
  • Booth Duck Sales: Selling duck adoptions at booth.  collecting and handling money/adoptions.  
  • Traveling Sales: 2 person sales teams, spread out across the fair, selling duck adoptions and collecting/handling money. 
  • Set-Up: Assist event director with event logistics.  
  • Souvenir Sales: Selling Souvenirs (t-shirts, rubber ducks, etc) from booth.  Collecting and handling money.  
  • Tear Down Duck Collection: gather supplies, help pack ducks and vehicles.  
  • Volunteer Check In: Check in volunteers, distribute volunteer t-shirts.   

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Date/Time &
Sun, Sep 1, 2019 - 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM   
Event Set Up
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Sun, Sep 1, 2019 - 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM   
Gold Room (data entry)
Sun, Sep 1, 2019 - 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM   
Booth Duck Sales
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Sun, Sep 1, 2019 - 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM   
Souvenir Sales
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Sun, Sep 1, 2019 - 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM   
Traveling Sales
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Sun, Sep 1, 2019 - 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM   
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Sun, Sep 1, 2019 - 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM   
Volunteer Check In
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Sun, Sep 1, 2019 - 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM   
Festival and Entertainment
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Sun, Sep 1, 2019 - 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM   
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Sun, Sep 1, 2019 - 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM   
Sales Bankers and Runners
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Sun, Sep 1, 2019 - 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM   
Event Tear Down
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Event Meeting Location: Race site is behind the Expo Hall at the Du Quoin State Fair.

655 Executive Drive, Du Quoin, IL. 62832

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Event Organizer: Jackie Flechs
Event Category:
Region K / Fundraisers