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’World’s Largest Duck’ coming to Erie this summer

Frank Carnevale
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A large crowd gathers to get a look and take photographs at the giant rubber duck at Point State Park, Downtown Sunday, October 20, 2013.
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A large crowd gathers to get a look and take photographs at the giant rubber duck at Point State Park, Downtown Sunday, October 20, 2013.
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A kayaker paddles along the Allegheny River as a large crowd gathers across the River at Point State Park to look at the giant rubber duck Sunday, October 20, 2013.
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A giant 40 foot-tall rubber duck is pulled up the Ohio River near the West End Bridge, September 28, 2013. The duck is the creation of Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman and kicks off both the American debut of his Rubber Duck Project and start of Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts, which runs through Oct. 26.

The World’s Largest Duck is reportedly coming to Northwestern Pennsylvania.

Erie News Now reported that the 61-foot tall duck, known as “Mama Duck,” will be part of the festivities at Erie’s annual Tall Ships Festival, taking place from August 22-25.

Festival organizers announced Tuesday that “Mama Duck” will be joined by a “baby duck” roughly 1/6 the size of mama. And there is a contest to naming the baby duck.

The duck also appeared in Erie at the 2016 festival.

Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman is credited with the idea of the large rubber duck and a version of it has toured the world’s waterfronts since 2007.

In 2013 the duck spent a month tied near Point State Park where the Allegheny, Ohio and Monongahela rivers meet in Pittsburgh. It was the duck’s first U.S. display and well received by the city.

Fans from around the area flocked to the duck to take photos with it.

Frank Carnevale is a Tribune-Review digital producer. You can contact Frank via Twitter .

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