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Come on out and get your goods at the 53rd Annual Crazy Daze on August 3.

Crazy Daze happens along Washington Avenue -- which is closed to traffic for the event -- from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Jeff Leighton -- who is co-chairperson of the event, along with Beth Priday -- is excited to be in charge of another year of the popular, and traditional, Lakes Area event.

"It's a longstanding tradition in the Detroit Lakes area," said Leighton.

"It's a great way to get great deals on summer merchandise while there's still some summer left."

Leighton has been involved with Crazy Daze for 15 years, and has been a chairperson for the last 4 or 5.

He says he initially got involved to "kind of get some fresh blood, bring in some new ideas" to the event.

And he has done just that.

Several years ago, a variety of new vendors, entertainment and food options were added to Crazy Daze, making the already popular event even more spectacular.

This year's Crazy Daze will be a continuation of this "new and improved" festival that shoppers have doubtlessly come to expect.

"We're gonna have a strolling magician, kids' games," said Leighton, listing some of the attractions outside of great deals that Crazy Daze offers.

Leighton has only two words of advice for shoppers hoping to get the best deals and the best selection.

"Come early."