ERIE, Pa. — One of the main attractions at this year’s Tall Ships Erie festival is the world’s largest rubber duck.
The 12-ton duck, which sits on a steel barge, is docked outside of the Bayfront Convention Center.
The duck is made of rubber and takes about 1 ½ hours to fully inflate. The duck has traveled to cities all over the United States including Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Syracuse, N.Y., and Buffalo, N.Y.
The 60-foot duck was supposed to make a grand entrance into Presque Isle Bay Thursday, but heavy storms and 30 mile an hour winds prevented its unveiling during the Parade of Sails.
But now it is here floating at the Convention Center, creating a lot of excitement.
Friday afternoon hundreds of people were in line waiting to get in to see it.
The owner said he never knew his idea for a giant duck would become so popular.
“It is amazing wherever she goes she gathers a lot of interest,” owner Craig Samborski said. “I’ve inflated her probably close to 100 times every time I do I look at her and I’m like that is a big duck.”
Tall Ships will be open to those who purchased tickets in advance only at 2:30 p.m. Friday.
On Saturday, the festival is open to the public at 10 a.m. and runs until 6 p.m.
On Sunday, visitors can see the ships from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.