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Campers get creative at Hodag


Thousands of people have gathered in Rhinelander for the Hodag Country Music Festival and many campers are doing things a little bit differently this year.

"Well, we call it walk-around or walk-about and seeing the campsites, the different way they're decorated," Scott Grund from Little Chicago said.

Campers said there's a certain way of doing things on the campgrounds at Hodag.

"What people tell you about Hodag, that it's that much's that much plus," Grund said. This is the 24th time he's set up camp at the festival. 

"I was actually here for four years before I knew they even had music," he said.

"It's a totally unique experience to come to Hodag," Scott Monfils said. He traveled from Appleton to experience Hodag. He and his father-in-law set up a pirate theme tent for people to enjoy during the four-day concert.

Many people said the camping keeps them coming back each year.

"It's way better than the shows," Melissa Henriksen of Plainfield said. She compared Hodag, to a reunion. "We have a whole separate family here."

And what would a family reunion be without a unique cast of characters?

"Leave your work schedule behind you, let your hair down and have fun," Grund said.

Hodag Country Music Festival starts Thursday at 5 o'clock and runs through Sunday.




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