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Eelpout Festival brings out the outrageous

Yeti was one of the characters that descended on the festival. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)1 / 3
The Blues Brothers said they'd have to drink a bit more beer before they'd consider performing. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)2 / 3
These North Dakota guys were greeting all who ventured down the main drag. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)3 / 3

The 34th annual International Eelpout Festival is under way in Walker, with thousands of raucous guests in attendance.

Walker Bay on Leech Lake spawned a community of trailers, fish houses, tents, shacks and igloos for the weekend.

Nearly perfect conditions greeted the estimated 10,000.

Thick ice and a sunny but crisp day allowed tons of vehicles and trailers out on the frozen lake.

The annual "Polar Pout Plunge," a massive fundraiser for the town's community center, got off to a spirited start with an Elvis impersonator singing to the crowd, then artfully jumping into the freezing water.

The festival began Thursday during the cocktail hour and continues through Sunday.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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