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Boulder Junction celebrates the outdoors with Musky Jamboree

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BOULDER JUNCTION (WAOW) -- It's the musky capital of the world for a reason.

Sunday, the town of Boulder Junction lived up to its nickname with its traditional Musky Jamboree.

With plenty of food, shopping and entertainment, the jamboree is something the Northwoods looks forward to every summer.

Locals and even out-of-towners are dedicated to this celebration that organizers say drew in about 10,000 people.

"We've been doing it since I was a little kid," said Janet Janik of West Bend, Wis. "We've been coming here as long as I can remember."

For one day, the small town of just under 1,000 residents has a party.

"I think this is fantastic for the community of Boulder Junction, and they do a great job every year when they perform this little event," said John Leach of Crossville, Tenn.

The Musky Jamboree is the type of event that people say captures the spirit of the Northwoods.

"Everybody kind of forgets what they would do at home, and you're up north so it's that different state of mind and just relax and have fun," Janik said.

That can happen even if the name of the event isn't what draws you in.

"We're skiers. Not big into fishing, but more waterskiers," said Jeremy Petrie of Minocqua.

For these people, a beautiful Sunday with family and friends is about as good as it gets.

"Every year we come, it seems to get a little bit bigger and more enjoyable," Leach said.

"It's just one of those things that everybody kind of looks forward to," said Janik.

The jamboree is a snapshot of summer that will survive through the year.

"As soon as the snow starts flying, folks, I'm out of here," said Leach.

Included in the festivities were arts and crafts activities, a flea market and a car show.
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