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Great River Ducky Derby 2024

August 31 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

$10.00 – $100.00


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Great River Ducky Derby 2024
Raising funds for accessible and inclusive music education in our community
 Saturday, August 31, 2024 – Credit Island Park – 5:00pm

It’s a rat race… No! It’s actually a Duck Race. A Rubber Ducky Derby to be exact! Help Common Chord celebrate its 20th year by adopting a duck (or 3 or 7 or more!) for a chance to win fantastic prizes!

Proceeds from the Ducky Derby support Common Chord’s music education programs, providing inclusive and accessible music education and enrichment experiences to kids all over the Quad Cities.

Don’t forget to join us for the big race on Saturday, August 31, 2024 at 5pm at Davenport’s Credit Island Park. Watch your duck compete by floating to the finish line fastest! The Derby will take place during the Credit Island Throwback Fest, featuring a community carnival with food, activities, and family-friendly fun, and an awesome concert in the park.

How It Works
1. Adopt your ducks online or at any in-person event this summer (Live At 5, Music at the Market, the Big 9 Concert Series, and more!)
2. Within 2-3 days after your adoption, you will receive an email with your duck number(s) and more information about the event.
3. On August 31st at 5:00pm, cheer on your ducks as they race down the Mississippi at Credit Island!
4. Winners will be announced at the race and online. Winners will also be notified by phone or email within two days.

Credit Island Throwback Fest & Community Carnival
4:00-7:00: Community Carnival: Food trucks, kids’ activities, games, petting zoo, and more!
5:00: Great River Ducky Derby: The big duck race!
6:00-10:00: Throwback Fest Concert: Featuring an Allman Brothers tribute set by the Beaker Brothers Band, Einstein’s Sister, and QC Rock Academy bands.

1st Place: $1,000 cash prize
2nd Place: $500 cash prize
3rd Place: 1 year of free Redstone Room admission for two
*See below for Official Rules*

Take Home a Souvenir Duck!
$5 along with any adoption
As a keepsake item from the inaugural Great River Ducky Derby, two souvenir ducks are available!

Jimi Hendrake and Quacky G are available at any in-person adoption events, including Music at the Freight House Farmer’s Market (Saturdays 10am-1pm and Sundays 11am-1pm) and Live At 5 free concert series in the Skybridge Courtyard (Fridays 5pm-7pm). *Only available along with an adoption. 

Become a Team Captain and Win Extra Prizes!
The Team Captain that recruits the most adoptions wins 1 year of free Redstone Room admission for two!
Share with your friends, family, and coworkers and encourage them to list your name as their “Team Captain”. The Team Captain who successfully recruits the largest number of adoptions will win 1 year of free admission to the Redstone Room for the Captain and a guest.


What time will the winners be picked?
The ducks begin their race at 5:00 PM from the Credit Island boat ramp. Winners will be announced once the first three ducks cross the finish line and are verified. Join us for Family Fest beginning at 4pm for activities, music, food and fun!

Are there Great River Ducky Derby souvenir ducks for sale?
Yes, you can purchase a souvenir duck for $5 along with the adoption of any duck(s).

Can I adopt a duck for my child?
Due to state regulations, duck adoptions must be made in the name of an adult, age 18 or older.

Are they real ducks or rubber ducks?
Rubber ducks!

What happens to all the ducks after the race?
Thanks to the assistance of our partners at Living Lands & Waters, we’re ensuring there will be no negative impact on our beautiful Mississippi River. The ducks are ALL removed from the water by volunteers and staff, stored, and reused annually.

Once I adopt a duck, do I get to keep it?
No, you don’t get to keep the race duck that you purchased for the race. If you’d like to take a rubber duck home, you can purchase a souvenir duck at an in-person event.

How will I know if my duck wins? Do I need to be present to win?
No, you can win from home! We will contact you if you have one of the top prizes. 

Is there an admission fee for the Duck Derby?
The Ducky Derby and Community Carnival are free! However, to enter the Derby you must adopt duck(s) for the fees listed above.

Can I adopt ducks on race day?
Yes! Adoptions will be available at the race location only, until 4:30pm August 31st. Online adoptions end at 5:00pm August 30th.

Official Rules:
1. By completing an online or paper form and paying fee(s) to enter, Entrant agrees to be bound by these Official Rules. The Great River Ducky Derby (“Derby”) is a random chance raffle; it is sponsored by and all net proceeds benefit Common Chord (“Sponsor”), 129 N. Main Street, Davenport, IA 52801. Sponsor is a registered 501(c)(3).
2. The Derby is open to persons age 18 and over, unless noted otherwise. Employees of Sponsor are not eligible to win. By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which are binding and final on matters relating to this sweepstakes. All federal, state and local laws apply. Void where prohibited. Raffle purchases are not tax deductible.
3. To enter, eligible entrants must purchase a raffle chance (“adopt a duck”) at $10 each or in packages as outlined in promotional material online (at www.commonchordqc.org) or at various events and at race site or via mail, by form available from Sponsor or through promotional partners. Online entries must be received by August 30, 2024 at 5:00pm. Adoptions may be suspended at any time by Sponsor. Completed form and payment may be mailed to Common Chord, 129 N. Main Street, Davenport, IA 52801 and must be received by August 26, 2024 to be considered eligible. Entries received after the deadline will be processed as a donation to Common Chord.
4. Odds of winning depend on the total number of qualified entries. All adopted ducks will be launched on the Mississippi River at Credit Island Park at approximately 5 pm on Saturday, August 31, 2024, in Davenport, Iowa. Date and location are subject to change without notice. No attempt to free or interfere with any duck will be permitted, unless deemed necessary by Sponsor. Sponsor reserves the right to manually maneuver rubber ducks along the course and terminate the race and determine the winners by random selection. Only rubber ducks provided by Sponsor will be entered, and all ducks remain the property of Sponsor.
5. Prizes will be awarded in order to eligible entrants, as name appears on adoption form or online entry, whose entry number corresponds with number of the first three (3) rubber ducks in order of finish. Winners are responsible for all possible taxes, fees and costs associated with or related to the acceptance and use of the prizes not specified herein. In addition, winners must supply taxpayer identification number (Social Security number) prior to receipt of the prizes. Acceptance of prizes offered constitutes permission to use winner’s name and/or likeness for advertising purposes without further compensation necessary, unless prohibited by applicable law.
6. Grand Prize: $1,000 paid by check within 15 days of the completion of the event.
7. Second Prize: $500 paid by check within 15 days of the completion of the event.
8. Third Prize: One Year of Free Admission to Redstone Room Concerts for winner and one guest. (Non-transferable. Prize winner must be one of the attendees at any given event.)
9. Team Captain Prize: One Year of Free Admission to Redstone Room Concerts for winner and one guest. (Non-transferable. Prize winner must be one of the attendees at any given event.)
10. Winner need not be present to win. Winners will be notified by telephone, email or U.S. mail at the phone or email address indicated on entry form or provided online. Winners will be announced at the event, on the Great River Ducky Derby event website at www.commonchordqc.org, and on Common Chord’s Facebook page as soon as all the winners have been verified. In the case of insufficient contact information and/or if Sponsor is unable to contact winner and if winner does not contact Sponsor to claim prize within 15 days (September 14, 2024) of race date at 129 N. Main Street, Davenport, IA 52801, or if winner is deemed ineligible to win, the prize will be rescinded. Sponsor may select alternate winner through random drawing of entries.
11. By entering, winners consent to use of name and likeness for advertising, promotion and publicity purposes without additional compensation. No substitutions, cash equivalent prizes, transfer or exchange of prizes will be provided in lieu of prizes. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute if advertised prizes become unavailable.
12. Sponsor reserves the right to cancel the Derby or change any element thereof, with or without notice, at any time, for any reason. Should the Derby be cancelled at any time for any reason, Sponsor reserves the right to select winners in a random drawing from among entries received.
13. Entrants agree to be bound by these Rules and all decisions of Sponsor are final and binding. Each entrant agrees to release, indemnify and hold harmless Sponsor and their respective parents, subsidiaries and affiliates and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives and agents from and against any liability, action, loss, damage or claim arising in any way from participation in or administration of this Raffle or with respect to the awarding, receipt, possession, use and/or misuse of any prize.
14. All logos are registered trademarks of Sponsor and use is prohibited without Sponsor’s express written consent.


August 31
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
$10.00 – $100.00


Common Chord
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Private: Credit Island, Davenport