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Eagle River man has a unique Hodag Fest traditionSubmitted: 07/16/2017
Dakota Sherek
Dakota Sherek
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Eagle River man has a unique Hodag Fest tradition
RHINELANDER - The Hodag Country Festival came to an end Sunday. Thousands of people celebrated country music all weekend long.

One festival-goer from Eagle River has a particular tradition each year. Alan, who has a cognitive disability, loves going to Hodag every year.


Alan's nieces came up with the idea to have ladies sign his shirt, and it eventually became a tradition.

"It just became an occurrence that he liked and so she's got the 40 years, and then if you turn around Alan, the back of it says 'Alan's Hodag Hotties,'" said Barb Vugrinec. 

Alan's sister says he has 11 other shirts from previous years. She says Alan always has a blast at the festival.

"So he's been here every year, I have a camper and he camps with us. He just loves the comradery with all the wonderful people out here and he has a great time," said Vugrinec.

This year was extra special for Alan. He turned 40 this year, and it's also the 40th year for Hodag itself.







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