The 2019 Paducky Derby
This year’s Paducky Derby is being held at 3pm, on April 27 on Noble Park’s Lake Montgomery. Now these aren’t real ducks, of course, they are “rubber duckies” - and they are a sight to see! The ducks will be transported and launched into the lake via dump truck, and the first to cross the finish line wins. So, what are you waiting for - sponsor a racing duck, help a local non-profit, and get your chance to win a cash prize!
Each duck adopted will go directly to saving, building, and changing the lives of those affected by domestic violence. Last year’s event raised more than $48,000. Organizers are working hard to get all the ducks adopted this year!
“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 and supporting the event! 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.
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.
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!
It’s not too late to get ducks as they are 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 duckrace.com/paducah.
The grand prize is $2,500, $1,000 for second place, and $500 for third. 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?
Ducks Helping Victims of Abuse
All proceeds from the Paducky Derby benefit The Merryman House Domestic Crisis Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit 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.
MHDCC serves nearly 1000 victims per year through a whole host of services. It serves the eight county purchase region and all services are free of charge. Visit its website at merrymanhouse.org or on Facebook to get help, get connected or give back.