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Chip Leer shows off an eelpout, a fish often disliked by anglers. But this weekend's 31st annual International Eelpout Festival in Walker transforms the creature into the "fish of choice." (Jason Durham / For the Enterprise)

Eelpout Festival: circus-like atmosphere

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Anglers and curious observers will fill the town of Walker this weekend for the 31st annual International Eelpout Festival.

Most people are aware of the whimsical fish houses erected in miniature communities on Leech Lake, Minnesota's third largest body of water.

However, as anyone who has ever attended the celebration knows, fishing is only a part of the festival.

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