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A Fowl Creation in Flanders

By Linda Tancs

Things are just ducky in the eastern end of Long Island, New York–specifically in Flanders, where you’ll find The Big Duck.  Created in 1931 by Riverhead duck farmer Martin Maurer as a shop for the sale of ducks and eggs, this 20 foot tall and 30 foot long duck-shaped structure sports eyes made from the tail lights of a Model T Ford and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Today marks the annual holiday lighting of the duck, a tradition observed on the first Wednesday following Thanksgiving.  And yes, duck memorabilia is available for sale.


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