There are many big birds in this world. From the World’s Largest Pelican in Minnesota to the World’s Largest Mallard Duck in Alberta, Canada to, well, that giant yellow one that lives on Sesame Street. But only one bird holds the title of the World’s Largest Goose: and boy is she a beauty!
In Sumner, Missouri, known as the “Wild Goose Capital of the World,” (due to the large number of geese that flock there each year) this giant fiberglass goose “Maxie”, as she is called, flies proudly over the community park.
This roadside attraction was built by artist David C. Jackson in 1974 to commemorate the town’s status. He named this world’s biggest goose “Maxie” after the scientific name for Giant Canada Geese: Branta Canadensis Maxima.
The biggest goose in the world is both a local and national celebrity. Many gather near each year for the town’s yearly Goose Festival and she’s even been featured in both the documentary World’s Largest and the 2017 film Different Flowers.
At over 5,000 pounds, forty feet tall with a wingspan of 61 feet, the stainless steel and fiberglass Maxie the Goose could feed a whole city for Christmas dinner…but we wouldn’t do that to such a beautiful creature! Instead we’ll leave this Missouri roadside attraction to keep a watchful eye over Sumner Community Park and stand gloriously for all to see.
The World’s Largest Goose
Location: Sumner Community Park, Hwy. 139, Sumner, MO
Cost: Free to see.
Hours: Always visible (though parks are usually only open daylight hours)
Date: June 5, 2009