TOMAHAWK - The rain didn't stop a big crowd from going to an event that's become tradition.
The Tomahawk Chamber of Commerce hosted its 52nd Venison Feed.
It kicks off the gun deer hunting season which starts tomorrow.
You'll find grill master Gregg Albert at the same spot this year as he has for decades.
"From what we know it's one of the last in the country that even exist.
If I had to say one word it would be tradition," said Albert.
The Tomahawk Chamber of Commerce's 52nd Venison Feed brought out some old timers and some newbies to kick off the start of the deer hunting season.
Albert's grilled for about 33 years.
I found Rhinelander's Steve Norman's on his sixth free venison burger.
"Sweet it's good. I'm on my last one," said Norman.
He's not a hunter.
"I just fish like heck," said Norman.
However, Norman still gets a lot out of the celebration.
"I won't have to eat tonight," said Norman.
Former Tomahawk mayor Robert Lee has cooked up venison burgers for about 30 years.
"The atmosphere around here that's what does it," said Lee.
Watching the changing crowds, encourages Lee and Albert the tradition will stay strong.
"We now see grandchildren when they came up with their dads," said Lee.
Keeping up with the tradition didn't leave much time for the grill masters to enjoy their master pieces.
"One and a half I broke one and ate that half," said Lee.
"I've eaten none, I've cooked up hundreds but I've eaten none," said Albert.
About a thousand people enjoyed the 1,600 venison burgers made at the sponsored grill stations.
Whether it was for the food or the company the feed gives people a chance to reflect on the last hunting season and make predictions for the next one.
"Just the place to be here the day before the hunt," said Albert.