Frequently Asked Quesions

What is the Mid-Columbia Duck Race?

The Mid-Columbia Duck Race is a cooperative fundraising event for the six Rotary clubs of the Tri-Cities which include the Rotary Clubs of Columbia Center, Columbia Valley Daybreak, Pasco-Kennewick, Richland, Richland Riverside and Tri-Cities Sunrise.  Over $2 million has been raised in the 29 years since the duck race's inception.

Where is the Mid-Columbia Duck Race?

The race is located on the Columbia River at the Lampson pit area of Columbia Park in Kennewick. This is located near the blue bridge, playground of dreams, and the bandshell.

When is the Mid-Columbia Duck Race?

The race is held each year on a designated Saturday in October.  In 2017, the Duck Race will be held on October 7th starting at 10 a.m. at Columbia Park, Kennewick.  The Race Begins at Noon sharp!  Special thanks to Columbia Industries and Rotary Club of Richland for continued spearheading of official race activities.

How does the Mid-Columbia Duck Race work?

On event day, rubber ducks are numbered to match the number on each ticket. They are then placed in a large container and lifted over the Columbia River by a large Lampson Crane.  The start of the race is started off by the Lampson crane releasing the 40,000 ducks into the river.  The first duck to cross the finish line wins the highest valued prize.

What is planned on event day?

Usually, local Rotary supported non profit organizations will be on hand sharing information about their organizations.  There will be activities for the kiddos at all booths on site.  Goody bags, activities and fun for the whole family can be found!   Bounce houses will be set up for children under 12 years old.   Event Sponsor Coca Cola will be there dishing out some fun for attendees as well!  Food vendors to include hot dogs, kettle corn, and more!

Do I receive the rubber duck after the race?

No, all ducks used in the duck race are rented  and must be immediately inventoried and shipped off to the next duck race!

Can I help retrieve the ducks from the river after the race?

No, please don't.  Volunteers are on hand to make this process go smoothly.  Please monitor your children closely and don't allow them into the river during the process of retrieving the ducks.

Where do the proceeds go?

When the race is over, each club will receive a split of the fundraiser.  Each club then chooses which charities they would like to support.
This may change from year to year as the clubs add new charities to their list. For a sample of where the money goes, please visit the "How Rotary Helps" link.
This is just a small sample of how each Rotary club helps the community.

What are the rules for the Mid-Columbia Duck Race?

Please visit the rules page.

How will I know if I won?

There are a few ways to find out if you won the grand prize!  The best way is to be present on race day!   The winners will also be announced on this website on the Winners Circle page within 72 hours of the race.    Sometimes the TCH will post the winners on Sunday following the race.   Winners will be notified by mail from a local Certified Public Accountants office with instructions on how to claim their prize.

How do I claim my prize?

After the race, you will receive a letter in the mail on how to claim your prize.  Legal forms are required by the gambling commission before prize winners can collect their prize.  DO NOT CONTACT THE DONOR BUSINESS.  Follow the directions provided in the letter you receive from the CPA firm.

Who sponsors the Mid-Columbia Duck Race?

The Mid Columbia Duck race is a joint venture of six local Rotary clubs.  Premier sponsors in 2016 are Toyota of Tri-Cities and Banner Bank.  Visit our sponsor page for more info.  If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please use the contact page and send us an email!  We would love to discuss the opportunity with you.

How can I join Rotary?

To join Rotary, you must be sponsored by a current Rotarian. To visit a club or to learn more, visit our Find a Rotary page.