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Echo Press photo by Al Edenloff A big crowd enjoyed picture-perfect weather, tasty ribs, blues music and other outdoor fun during the Awake the Lakes celebration on 2nd Avenue in Alexandria.

A taste of summer fun

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If the Awake the Lakes celebration is a hint of things to come, get ready for a summer of fun.

The weekend of events was deemed a big success by organizers.

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The weather for Friday night's Rib Fest and street dance was exceptional.

With temperatures in the 80s, along with ribs sizzling on the grill and music filling the air, a huge crowd enjoyed the evening's festivities, according to Coni McKay, executive director of the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce.

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