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Some West Michigan families avoid the stores on Black Friday

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The Portage Wiffle League playing in Oshtemo instead of shopping on Black Friday. (Jorge Rodas/WWMT)

On a day usually reserved for shopping, several families decided to avoid the stores on Black Friday.

Grayson Plew spent Nov. 29, 2019, with friends playing in the Portage Wiffle League.

"Shopping wasn't really on my agenda," Plew said.

He said was calling play-by-play on a live stream of their league.

"That'll give him two bases and another run," he said to the live stream audience.

Ty Smith helped create the league. He said Friday he's hoping to turn it into a Thanksgiving week tradition.

Smith said he's not a fan of spend the holidays shopping.

"It's more about just spending it with family," he said. "I think it should be more than one day for that."

Janet Hulce spent the morning enjoying a family tradition at Bronson Park with her family, including Larry Lowis.

"No, we're not shopping, we're just enjoying family this weekend," she said. "We always do this, every Thanksgiving, we come down here to the park - it's tradition - we've been doing this since my kids were little."

Black Friday shopping was the farthest thing from her mind.

"We want to... keep traditions going, and it's a lot more fun and every year we look forward to it," Lowis said.

Terry Moerman's family also visited the park Friday. They walked down the new Candy Cane Lane together.

"I think it's important when you get the chance to spend some time, as much time as you can with the family," he said. "The few dollars you save aren't worth the time that you miss."