This year’s Paducky Derby is being held at 3pm on April 21 on Noble Park Pond. Now these aren’t real ducks of course, they are “rubber duckies” - and they are a sight to see! So, what are you waiting for - sponsor a racing duck, help a local non-profit, and win a money prize!

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Each duck adopted will go directly to saving, building and changing the lives of those affected by domestic violence. Last year’s event raised over $46,000 and over 8,000 ducks were sold. Organizers are working hard to get 10K ducks adopted this year.

The day of the event hundreds of people came to watch Paducah Power use three different trucks to dump the ducks into the pond at Noble Park.

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“The PaDucky Derby has become a favorite of our community,” said Mary Foley, Executive Director of the Merryman House. “It is such a great way to help support victims of domestic violence, while also bringing the community together around this fun event. This year, we hope to raise more than ever to support our ever-growing organization. We hope folks will consider adopting a single duck for 5 bucks or a flock for 50.00! There is a place for everyone.”

All proceeds from the Paducky Derby will benefit the Merryman House, a non-profit organization which offers both residency and outreach services to meet the needs of victims of intimate partner abuse and their dependents as they strive to live free of violence in their home. The Merryman House has become a comprehensive advocacy and support center that is devoted to addressing the comprehensive needs of survivors.

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Everyone who adopts a duck, whether online, in the mail, at a Paducky Derby booth or in a sponsoring business, is entered into what they call E-Quack - a database that stores all of the information.

Tag numbers are automatically and randomly assigned. Organizers want to make sure that no duck is taking steroids and the race is not fixed, so to ensure the integrity of the race, tag numbers are never given out. Rest assured, however, that all of the ducks you have adopted will be in the water.

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If all the ducks have not been adopted by Derby Day, it means that a lucky adopter can still adopt up to an hour prior to the Derby. Their names will be placed at random into the mix, next to a number that does not already have a name by it. Anyone can adopt until an hour before the race begins, as long as the Derby is not sold out.

Pick up a Quack Pack!

Ducks are now officially available for adoption online. There is also a Quack Pack of six ducks for $25 or Flock of Ducks for $50 that includes 12 ducks. Ducks can be purchased at the “Paducky Derby” Facebook Page, as well as the Paducky Derby website at, or at upcoming duck adoption venues.

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Ducks will be sold at Kentucky Oaks Mall from 10 am – 6 pm on March 24 and April 7. They will also be selling ducks at the Expo Center during Quilt Week on April 18-20.

The grand prize is $1000 and $500 for second. This year is the first year for a team prize. If you are one of the winners, the Merryman House will contact you using the information you provided with your duck adoption. You do not need to be present to win, but, seriously, why would you want to miss this?

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The Paducky Derby is open to the public. For more information, please contact the Merryman House by emailing or calling 270.443.6001.