What a duck derby might look like, from a duck derby in Santa Cruz.

What a duck derby might look like, from a duck derby in Santa Cruz.

Several thousands of rubber ducks will be available for “adoption” Saturday, April 20, and a lucky ducky parent or two will take home a big prize.

Several local businesses are sponsoring the Big D Duck Derby, the Dallas version of a fundraising event that has grown in popularity nationwide.

Here’s how it works — participants give $5 and get a duck, or presumably a whole flock of ducks if you have the cash. Each adopter gets a number and his/her duck is marked with same number.  Then all the ducks go into a river or pool or body of water and they “race” and the winners’ owners/adoptive duck-parents get fabulous prizes.

So it’s sort of like a raffle, but way more visually stimulating.

The prizes offered at this particular event include a $2500 Visa gift card, $2000 in landscaping and more.

2013 Dig D Duck Derby

Proceeds benefit The Pines, a faith-based camp for kids.

Around the duck race, enjoy food truck fare and other festivities and entertainment. The event runs 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Lake Highlands Town Center, Skillman and Walnut Hill.

Sponsors include Cufflinks, Inc., Mike and Mary Terry Family Foundation, Roger and Marianne Staubach, Cane Rosso, Potbelly, Jesuit, American Airlines Center, Southern Land Design, Sabre, UBS The Catholic Foundation, Goodall, Saville, Blue Print, On the Border and more.