New York town celebrates holidays with a giant duck

NEW YORK (BestGrowthStock) – In the town of Flanders, New York, the holidays arrived on Thursday with a quack.

Each year, Flanders lights up a giant duck to celebrate the holidays, an event that draws crowds of tourists to the town on Long Island about 80 miles east of New York City.

“We don’t have a tree at Rockefeller Center like New York City does,” Suffolk County, N.Y. executive Steve Levy said. “Instead, we have a giant duck in Flanders.”

For the holidays, giant lights adorn the Big Duck, which is 20 feet tall and 18 feet wide and was built in the 1930s to promote a local duck farming business.

“We were once considered one of the duck farming capitals of the world,” Levy said.

It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a gift shop is nestled inside.

“It means a lot to this community that we celebrate the holiday season with a big duck in the middle of it,” said Fran Cobb, president of Friends of the Big Duck, a preservationist group.

New York town celebrates holidays with a giant duck