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Houghton Lake Community Preparing for Bud Bash

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The Houghton Lake community is preparing for this weekend's Bud Bash, working to make the event fun and safe.

Thousands are expected to be in Houghton Lake for the event, and organizers hope the weather doesn't interfere.

Either way, they guarantee it is one of the biggest summertime bashes around.  Festivities for the 28th Annual Bud Bash kick off tomorrow, on Houghton Lake.

To make sure everyone stays safe out on the water and nearby businesses, more than 80 law enforcement personnel will be on duty. Sergeant Robert Green from the Michigan State Police Houghton Lake Post says, "We have officers that are assigned here to the state police post just to do the arrest processing and run a breathalyzer test for any drunks that we catch."

The MSP Houghton Lake Post even set up a temporary booking station just in case they see a lot of arrests. Sgt Green says, "We make more arrests in this 12 hour period than any other event in Northern Michigan."

Bud Bash is centered around Limberlost Restaurant and they are also doing their part to be sure people are making smart choices. Cora Hallauer, owner of Limberlost says, "We run a shuttle starting at 9 o'clock tonight and then all day tomorrow, definitely do not want anyone to be drinking and driving."

New at 5:00, 9&10's Katie Boomgaard and photojournalist Jake Johnson have more details on just how far police are going to keep people safe.