2021 Southern Ducky Derby

COVID Procedures

All participants should self-screen prior to arriving at this event and should remain home if feeling unwell or displaying coronavirus symptoms.

All participants are required to wear a mask inside any Southern Duck Derby facilities regardless of vaccine status.

Unless fully vaccinated, participants who are medically able should continue to wear a mask at outdoor venus the majority of time while at Special Olympics Illinois activities.

Vaccination is not required to attend in person events.

Special Olympics Illinois will not be providing masks.  Participants must bring their own.

SOILL will have hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes/spray and other cleaning/sanitizing products on-site for participants’ use.

Every effort will be made to sanitize equipment and supplies that are routinely touched by the public. Social distancing will be encouraged at sales tables. The flow of purchasers will move in one direction to avoid crossing paths.

Even with the vaccine, there is no way to completely eliminate the risk of infection. Individuals with a higher susceptibility risk for COVID-19 are encouraged to review the information on the CDC and IDPH website to make an informed decision about attending in person events.

Special Olympics Illinois is committed to providing the best athlete, volunteer, coach and supporter environment possible.  While we are excited to resume in-person events, the health and well-being of our constituents remains our top priority.  All of our in person events follow the COVID-19 recommended IDPH and CDC guidelines.

Please review the COVID High-Risk fact sheet for more information:


What is The Southern Ducky Derby?

The Southern Illinois Ducky Derby Dash is a signature fundraising event for Special Olympics Illinois.

Facility Information

Event Details

Join in on the fun on Oct. 3, 2021, at Walker’s Bluff in Carterville, IL. This in person event will have wine tastings and food trucks; kids activities and Ducky Derby souvenirs throughout the day..

The duck race this year will be in person as the ducks cross the lake at 3pm.

Just before the race, a Black Diamond Helicopter will bring Splash and our Ducky Derby Ambassador Valerie Densler to the event to announce the winners of the race.

Volunteer Information

Support The Ducky Derby!

How do I adopt a duck? Visit www.duckyderbydash.com to adopt a Duck now
You can Adopt a duck for only $5. Get more chances to win by purchasing a Quack Pack (6 ducks for $25), Flock of Ducks (24 ducks for $100) or Ducky Derby Donor (60 ducks for $250)!

*Are you adopting a duck on behalf of a friend, co-worker or family member affiliated with a Sales Team? If so, be sure to select the team you want to get credit for your adoption. Click on a team member name to give credit to a specific person.

For more information, contact Kimberly Talley or (618) 534-3111

Thank You Sponsors!

Who We Are

Special Olympics is a global organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport, every day around the world.  Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 18 sports for more than 23,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and 13,000 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities.  Special Olympics transforms the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, allowing them to realize their full potential in sports and in life.  Special Olympics programs enhance physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence, social skills and encourage family and community support.


Oct 03 2021


1:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Free to attend. $5.00 to adopt one duck. $25.00 to adopt 6 ducks (Quack Pack). $100 to adopt 24 ducks (Flock of Ducks). $250.00 to adopt 60 ducks (Ducky Derby Donor).


Walker's Bluff
208 Lake Jewel Drive, Carterville, IL 62918


Nick Schutte
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