Cathy Hakun and her son Stephen say they knew they just had to come after they saw the duck was appearing in a town near them.
“We have a puppet duck that has been in our family since my son was 18 months old, and he got it from a daycare,” Cathy said. “We have taken that duck around the world and taking pictures of it everywhere, so we had to get a picture of it with mama duck.”
“It’s totally unique,” Stephen added. “It’s drawn a lot of international attention.”
Others who live in Leonardtown say this is the busiest things have been in a while.
“We don’t normally see this many people around here,” Chandler Moore said.
The Moore family live in a house just a block from the Leonardtown Wharf where the event took place.
A family with a house right near the water near The Warf created a makeshift rest stop, with cold drinks, water for dogs, and free duck stickers for all who passed by. Chandler Moore, Daniel Sydnor, Gabrielle Moore-Sydnor and Jim Moore said that they were excited to see the duck come to the area. Some of them even dressed for the occasion.
Chandler’s father Jim Moore, daughter Gabrielle Moore-Sydnor and son-in-law Daniel Sydnor all took part in putting up a “rest stop” for tourists.
Their lawn setup included a water station for dogs and free duck stickers.
“What better way to make people smile like stickers,” Gabrielle said. “No matter who you are, no matter where you’re from, that duck makes you smile.”
“Make duck fest a thing!” exclaimed Gabrielle’s husband Daniel, wearing a full duck onesie.
“You are never too old to see a rubber duck and smile,” Jim added.