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Thunderbird ‘party’ visits Akeley

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Sixty-four Ford Thunderbird enthusiasts from across the U.S. toured northern Minnesota last weekend. (Submitted photos)

Ford Thunderbirds from 2002-2005 rolled into Akeley last weekend.

Thirty-two Ford Thunderbirds arrived in Akeley on Aug. 23 from 21 different states and Canada.

Their 64 owners enjoyed a snack and music at Paul's Patio, hosted by the Akeley Chamber of Commerce and the Paul Bunyan Museum of Akeley.

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Thunderbird enthusiasts call these touring events "parties," which take place all over the U.S. This party was organized by a couple from New Orleans, La. and had help from a couple from Grand Rapids, Minn. They spent five days touring northern Minnesota, including Itasca State Park. Their goal is to share their love of Thunderbirds and enjoy both old and new friendships.

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