Leek (Allium ampeloprasum, variety porrum).
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The town grew around a fortification that was constructed here during the Eighty Years' War with Spain. The name 'Leek' was derived from a brook, the "Leke". The town is sometimes also called "The Leek". In Dutch the people from Leek are called "Leeksters".
Every year around pentecost there is a fair, drawing thousands of people from the area. The main attraction in the town is the "Nienoord" estate with the National Carriage Museum and a recreation park with model railways in several scales, including "live steam".