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Eelpout participants have a roadside breakdown Saturday when their rolling couch falls off its support beams during the 31st annual Eelpout Festival on Leech Lake near Walker. Sarah Smith/Forum Communications Co.

Walker Eelpout Festival draws thousands

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WALKER, Minn. - It's the fishing festival where almost nobody dips a line. But the beer flows, the decked-out rigs roll, and it's de rigueur to see a mini-bar being towed by a four-wheeler sliding by - with customers bellied up with a cold brew.

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It's the frozen version of Mardi Gras, where 10,000 rabble-rousers set up camp on Leech Lake near Walker for the annual Eelpout Festival.

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