June 1st, 2019
11:00-2:00PM at Arlington Rec Park.

If you would like to become a sponsor or donate to the Duck Derby, please see below or contact us.

About Us

Happy Days Playschool


Happy Days Playschool is a non-profit agency located in the community of Arlington, Vermont. Our mission is to provide quality early education and childcare program in a consistent, caring and positive atmosphere by using a family centered approach. 

Annual Fundraising


A major goal of our organization is to keep childcare affordable and accessible to all. The monies raised from the Duck Derby help cover the costs of scholarships, parent and teacher education, materials, and much more. The Duck Derby is our major source of annual fundraising.



In order to make this a great event, we need help in the form of volunteers. If you would like to volunteer in preparation for the event, or at the event, please contact us at happydayscarol10@comcast.net

We are no longer selling ducks!




The Battenkill Duck Derby Family Fair has children's activities geared to ages 18 mos to 7 years old. Children need tickets for each game or activity or they can buy an all day pass for $15  Additional children in one family are only $5 for an all day pass. There are bouncy houses, pony rides, children's games, face painting, nail painting, and a sawdust scramble.  Games run from 11:00-1:00 and Pony rides end at 12:30.


Tickets for the games are $1 each and some activities are more than one ticket.  Children must be with parents at all times as there is a pond onsite and a river nearby. Children "win" tokens when they play the games and trade them in for "prizes"!!

How Do I Win?

Plastic blue, pink and yellow ducks with numbers corresponding to your ticket will be dropped from a fire truck ladder at approximately 1:15. Then a judge will pick out the winners from her canoe. There are 2300 ducks total!! The first three ducks get cash prizes and the next 25 get gift certificates, valued from $150 to $10, from various local businesses!  Duck tickets are sold at the Duck Derby from 11:00-1:00 but are also available,  until June 1, locally at Heer, Inc., Wayside Country Store,  Arlington Dairy Bar, and Happy Days.  YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE PRESENT TO WIN!!

Silent Auction

There is a Silent Auction, which starts May 20-31 at the Berkshire Bank, Bank of Bennington, the Martha Canfield Library or at Happy Days.  Some 20 baskets are in the Silent Auction and include everything from children's clothing, restaurant gift certificates and Beanie babies to pottery, and potted plants.  Bid before the event at the businesses above or at the Duck Derby from 11:00-1:00.

2019 Duck Derby Sponsors

Thank you to all donors for your help and support!!

TOP DUCK - $1500+

Mack Molding (www.mack.com)                              THANK YOU TO ALL DONORS, VOLUNTEERS AND SPONSORS

                                                                                                 FOR THEIR HELP AND SUPPORT AT THIS VERY SUCCESSFUL 

HAPPY DUCK - $500+                                                    FUNDRAISER.  WE RAISED OVER $5000!!!

Berkshire Bank




Santelli Signs

GOOD EGG - $100+   Entertainment this Year- "Crossover Cloggers"

Xpress Lube and Car Wash,  Orvis, Wayside Country Store, West Mountain Inn,  rk Miles, Miles Lumber & Fuel, Arlington Farmers market

OTHER DONORS- Blue Benn, Hannaford, Manchester House of Pizza, The Clip Shop, Stratton Mountain, Battenkill Books, Above All Vermont,  Sandy Wright, Northshire Bookstore, Fortuna's Sausage and Italian Market,  Zoey Double Hex, Mulligan's, Manchester Woodcraft,  Walmart, Gringo Jacks, Subway Manchester , Petco, GNAT TV, Hildene-The Lincoln Family Home, Pets Etc., American Hairlines, Hair It Is, 

Lil Britain, Manchester Gym, Starbucks, Arlington Dairy Bar, Rah Earth Pottery, Mother Myricks's Confectionery, Manchester Arts Studio, Arlington Inn,  Gourmet Deli and Cafe, Bob's Diner, Hound Dog, Bistro Henry, Bromley Mtn., Shaw's Supermarket, The Works, The Copper Grouse, Christina Ripley, Nancy Durrschmidt, Otter Creek Fun Center, Kelly Peters, Ramuntos Pizza, Kelly Stazyk, Steven Horsch, Knit1Purl1, Cindy Pike, Vt. Spatzle Company, Kristie Johnson, KImberly Farms, Stephanie Barrios-A Rural State, Market Wagon, The Village Peddlar, Otter Creek Fun Center

DONATIONS  OF GOODS AND SERVICES: Heer, Inc., Arlington Dairy Bar, Wayside Country Store, Pepsi Cola,  Stewarts, TAM, Chem Clean, Camping on the Battenkill, Berkshire Bank "girls"-Courtney, Jessica, Carrie and Dawn, Karen Cestaro


Sponsorship Opportunities:

TOP DUCK - $1500+

You will be the official sponsor of the 29th Annual Battenkill Duck Derby. In addition to this prestigious honor, you will receive logo and/or mentions in ALL advertising, a table banner at the event, and your provided logo will be on the Duck Derby home page.

HAPPY DUCK - $500+

Sponsor the Pony Rides or make a  donation of $500 or more. You will receive mention in advertising, your provided logo will be on the Duck Derby home page and you may place a banner or sign at the day of the event.

PADDLING PATRON - $300+ Make a donation of $300 or more. You will receive mention in advertising, your provided logo will be on the Duck Derby home page and you may place a banner or sign at the day of the event.


Sponsor the Bouncy House or a donation of $200 of more. You will receive mentions in advertising and your provided logo will be on the Duck Derby home page.

GOOD EGG - $100

A Gift Certificate of $100 or more or Prize of equal value. Will be noted on the Duck Derby home page and mentioned in Thank You’

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Battenkill Duck Derby

426 East Arlington Road, Arlington, VT 05250, us

(802) 375-6039

Contact Us!

We are looking for some great ideas from the community to make this a memorable and fun day for everyone. If you have ideas for events, games, or the race itself- please contact us using the form or at happydayscarol10@comcast.net.