SANDUSKY, OH (WTOL) - Hundreds are gathering in Sandusky this weekend for the Festival of Sail in Sandusky.
But the real draw of the event is a very big attraction.
"Mama Duck" is a towering 61 foot tall, 15 ton rubber duck.
Built in 2014, she has spent the last few years traversing the world to help bring in crowds to sailing and tall ship festivals.
And it seems to be working, as this group from Ducks in a Row consulting out of Cincinnati made the trip north just to see her.
"It's definitely working, We're excited to see the duck and all of the people coming out to see it." said Tricia Reynolds, owner of Ducks in a Row.
"There's a family from Winnipeg, Canada, and they have been to every duck event that we've ever had. And I just talked to someone who drove from Kentucky to get here. So, people really want to see it, and when you see it, it's hard not to smile." said rubber duck owner Ryan Whaley.
Whaley is originally from Sandusky, and has always had a love for sailing history, which is why Mama Duck acts as a mascot and tourism draw for festivals around the world.
And Ryan was happy to not only bring the World's Largest Rubber Duck back to his hometown, but to organize the entire Festival of Sail Sandusky event to help celebrate the city's bicentennial.
"Sandusky has seen a serious resurgence in the last 6 years. A lot of bars, restaurants, State Theater, things like that. So, the idea of this festival was to bring attention to Sandusky." said Whaley.
The Festival of Sail Sandusky runs all weekend from 9 am to 5 pm, with a concert Saturday night at 9 p.m.
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