Pasty Fest returns for the 16th year

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CALUMET, Mich. (WLUC) - It's not your average festival...

But then again, maybe it is for Yoopers, and not first-timers who are curious to know what the excitement is all about Saturday for this special treat many people have come to know and love.

“It’s just a great event,” said Krissy Kovachich, one of the event’s organizers.

Hundreds of people gathered along Fifth Street for this annual event in Calumet. Most people knew what was going on, but one man in particular said he had no clue.

"As we were driving through town, I heard music and thought wow it must be a main street jamboree so we decided to take a look,” said Doug Bushard, a visitor from Lansing.

And when they did, Bushard and his wife said they were able to get a better understanding of why the town was full of excitement.

"It's just great,” he explained. “This is a very nice town. I love the architecture, the people are overly friendly."

Bushard also said the food is amazing, even though he's not as big on pasties like the rest of the Upper Peninsula.

"I'm not a Pasty fan, but I will try one."

But overall, Bushard said he's happy he and his wife decided to stop before heading back to Lansing.

"When you open up Main Street like this and get all the people involved ... they interact, they talk ... people used to stand on their front porches and talk, but we don't do that anymore, ok this is the front porch of America, Main Street opening is cool."

This way visitors like Bushard can get to know Calumet through all the different food and craft vendors, the car show display and even the grand parade.

Saturday was the first and last day of the event. Organizers thank everyone for their support and look forward to seeing them again next year.