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Friends of the Big Duck will celebrate the arrival of spring with the 10th Annual Easter Duck Egg Hunt at Big Duck Ranch in Flanders on Saturday, April 1.

The free event will begin at 12 noon — sharp. The rain date is Sunday, April 2.

The grass field behind the Big Duck will be dotted with filled plastic “duck eggs” that children ages 2 to 9 can easily find. Children must bring their own baskets or containers to store the eggs they collect. To make it a safe event, the children are grouped into three separate age groups.

A prize basket is awarded to “The Good Egg” in each group who discovers the special egg.

The family fun will include a visit from Mother Goose.

Both admission and parking for the event are free. Parking is available in the back of the field behind the Big Duck, accessible by the road just each of the ranch.

Friends of The Big Duck, a nonprofit organization, is the Southampton Town-appointed steward of Big Duck Ranch, where the beloved icon sits. The organization landscapes the garden and maintains the Long Island Duck Farming Exhibit in the Victorian Barn (which will be open to the public on the day of the event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

The Big Duck, located at 1012 Flanders Road (Route 24), Flanders, is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Saturdays when it closes at 3 p.m.

The Big Duck, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1931 on West Main Street in Riverhead. A roadside sign, funded by the William G. Pomeroy Foundation, marks the original location. The Big Duck was moved to its current location in 1936, then moved to Sears-Bellows County Park in 1987 and returned to its roost in Flanders in 2007.

Cars should enter at Otter Hole Neck Road, just east of The Big Duck and park in the back of the field. For more information, call 631-284-3737, e-mail friendsofthebigduck2020@gmail.com <mailto:friendsofthebigduck2020@gmail.com>or visit “Events” on Friends of The Big Duck Facebook page.

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