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Children’s Museum of Illinois Duck Derby goes digital

Children’s Museum of Illinois Duck Derby goes digital


This file photo shows the start of the 2018 Duck Derby fundraiser at the Children’s Museum of Illinois. Call (217) 423-5437 to enter. 

DECATUR — The 29th annual Duck Derby fundraiser for Children’s Museum of Illinois will be raced over multiple days as Facebook Live events beginning Sept. 29.

Abby Koester, interim president and CEO of the Children’s Museum, said it was the only way to move forward with the longtime favorite.

“This community loves the Duck Derby,” she said. “We knew we wanted to proceed. It was a question of how to do it within the current guidelines.”

Up to 5,000 rubber ducks will race in nightly heats from Sept. 29 to Oct. 2. The top ten ducks from each night move on to the final derby at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3.

The first place duck wins $3,000; second place gets $1,500; third place wins $500. 

Ducks for the derby are available for purchase at along with additional event details, or at (217) 423-5437 during normal business hours.

The fundraiser is the year's biggest fundraiser for the museum. 


Heroes' Hall at the Children's Museum of Illinois

Contact Valerie Wells at (217) 421-7982. Follow her on Twitter: @modgirlreporter


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