Ducky Derby

The Redding Ducky Derby Race in Redding’s Caldwell Park is a unique event designed as a fund-raising opportunity for the Rotary Foundation Against Substance Abuse and local youth groups. Since its inception over 4 million dollars has been returned to local communities for youth development programs and drug- and alcohol-free activities. These programs have benefited countless young people in the North State.


For the 28th year, Redding East Rotary’s Ducky Derby entertained visitors at Caldwell Park.  There were 34,422 ducks adopted that raced down the 200 yard stretch of the Sacramento River from under the Diestlehorst Bridge to the awaiting nets. Over $170,000 was be returned to our local youth programs.

Although the North Valley Art League did not have the Art Fair, families enjoyed a beautiful day at the park supporting our youth.  This year’s event brings the total returned to our community to over $4 million dollars since inception of the event.

“The community support for this event shows the commitment to our youth.  In Kind Services and cash donations cover all the expenses of the race, which allows the Redding East Rotary to return these funds to the students.  It is a proud partnership between the adults and youth of our community and further demonstrates what a wonderful and generous community we have here”, said Marge Beck, Race Chairman.

Funds go to support substance abuse prevention and youth development throughout the north state. We are again pleased to announce that 100% of the youth ticket sales will be returned to our kids.  This is due in large part to the generosity of our sponsors. PLEASE thank them with your patronage!

Sticking Ducks 2017, thanks everyone for helping stick all the ducks for 2017, we’re excited and can’t wait for the Ducky Derby on Sunday the 26th of September. Pictures HERE–> Shout out to Meeks Lumber & Hardware for hosting the sticking event!


Kyle Hatch won the grand prize of Shasta Marina Houseboat Trip, plus $500 cash from Umpqua Bank. Andy Givens won the Giant Giants Weekend provided courtesy of Interwest Insurance. Jane Templeton will be sporting new jewelry set from Devon’s Jewlers and Kathy LLorce will be able to proudly wear the Harley Jacket donated by Redding Harley Davidson.

We are pleased to announce that it appears that we again returned 100% to the local students who adopted out these ducks. The Rotary Foundation Against Substance Abuse has raised over $4 million since inception. These funds are used for substance abuse prevention and youth development programs throughout the North State Area.