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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.


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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