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FRANKENMUTH, MI (WNEM) -

An annual tradition marked the Labor Day holiday as it does every year, but this year it took on a special meaning.

The Wooden Covered Bridge Walk in Frankenmuth celebrated its 30th anniversary as participants made the short trek across.

For the 30th time dozens of people walked across the Holz Brucke Wooden Bridge. It was started by Tom Schnieder and his family.

"I think there was about 12 or 13 of us that first year, just showed up on this side of the bridge and a couple of coolers in hand and kind of stopped traffic and walked it at [noon] on Labor Day," Schnieder said.

A familiar face in the crowd was Dorothy Zehnder, the owner of the Bavarian Inn Restaurant in Frankenmuth.

"You see a lot of friends and it's something some people associated with the bridge walk with Mackinaw. It's still something to celebrate. There are not too many wooden bridges in this state anymore," Zehnder said.

Meanwhile, Schnieder's sign used in the walk has seen better days, but it had withstood the test of time like the tradition he started 30 years ago.

"It's really monumental. I think that it's still going on this long after the fact, after we started it," he said.

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