For the past 38 years, and for three days every February, crowds that are more than 10 times the population of tiny Walker, Minn. (pop. 1,069) gather on Minnesota’s third largest lake (112,000-acres), Leech Lake, for a festival named for one of the ugliest bottom-dwelling fish, the eelpout. In a state where it is common to embrace the quirky and find great fun in the most unlikely circumstances and weather conditions, this festival is pure Minnesota fun.
International Eelpout Festival named one of the top “15 Weird Midwestern Festivals You Never knew Existed” by the lifestyle blog BLT, and frankly, we couldn’t be more proud. To view all of the festivals named, and the coverage on the IEV, check out the link below: