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The Chase Hotel ice bar served animals, vegetables and minerals. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Eelpout festivities in high gear on Leech Lake

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Walker's version of "a festivus for the rest of us" is underway this weekend as the 33rd annual International Eelpout Festival got off to its raucous start.

Think of the wacky holiday made famous in the Seinfeld TV series. Then multiply it by 10,000 characters. Eelpout appeals to those with a terminal case of arrested development.

On a beautiful weekend, the rowdy festival attracted the young, old, even some actually fishing for the state's ugliest fish - the eelpout.

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Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers Hubbard County, courts and breaking news.

(218) 732-3364
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