FREELAND (WJRT) -
(04/25/14) - The rain didn't dampen the mood in Freeland.
The small town in Saginaw County is holding its 29th annual Walleye Festival.
Crowds started flocking to Freeland early Friday morning.
"Today's the Walleye Festival," said James Magyar, of the Freeland Lions Club. "We come every year."
The popular weekend festival has been known to take over the town. For many, the community wide rummage sale is the biggest attraction.
Victoria Schmidt and her family come every year to sell made in Michigan Maple Syrup.
"My Dad makes it," she said. "People come back every year for us."
Not even the rain could stop shoppers from looking for the best bargains. This festival is so big it literally shuts down the entire community.
Some shoppers come with game plans - looking for gadgets, toys or clothes. Others just like to browse and enjoy the atmosphere.
It's an economic boost for local businesses and homeowners who take part in the sales.
Organizers say the event brings people in from all over.
"Every year, it's bigger and better. There's more people coming in town. I've gone around town and tracked license plates, and I've seen people from Mississippi is the farther state south I've seen so far. And Canada of course. I hear people from Standish and the UP were all coming to town," said James Magyar, Freeland Lions Club.
There is also a parade, carnival and of course lots of fishing planned for this weekend. The festival continues until Sunday.