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Lake Tomahawk celebrates fall festival and centennial

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LAKE TOMAHAWK (WAOW) -- People from throughout the Midwest traveled to Lake Tomahawk for the 24th annual Fall Harvest Festival.

Main Street was filled with everything from soaps to antique cars, but festival coordinators say that's not the main attraction.

"I think the main thing is family, said coordinator Pat Duncan, "The other thing is pies. And what we have here today are crafts, cars and trains."

Amy Jones sold homemade soaps for the second consecutive year. She says the festival is a great opportunity to get involved in the community and showcase her products.

Some of her soap scents include lavender, oak and acorn and dragon's blood. Despite it's unusual name, dragon's blood is one of her best sellers.

The car show was also a hit. Vehicle hobbyists traveled from throughout the Midwest to talk cars, meet with friends and show off their inventions.

Gary Mesenberg's 1947 Hudson drew special attention.

"That's the last year they made the pick-up," Mesenberg explained, "[The truck is] pretty rare."

But that's not why his vehicle catches people's eyes. Mesenberg has installed a moonshine brewery in the back of his pick-up. When I asked what inspired this invention, Mesenberg didn't have an answer.

"I dont know," Mesenberg said, "everybody says that. They say only you would do that. And I say, there you go!"

The harvest festival isn't the only place Mesenberg draws attention. He says cops don't know what to make of his unusual vehicle.

"The cops look at me and they just shake their head," Mesenberg laughs, " I dont think they know how to write it up."

Organizers say they prepare for this event throughout the year and seeing all of the smiling faces makes all of their hard work worth it.

This year's harvest fest was also a chance for locals to celebrate Lake Tomahawk's centennial year.

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