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Holiday party restores upbeat atmosphere
By Lindsey Gordon
GIFFORD -- People celebrated Independence Day a little early. Each year, the town holds a community celebration with a parade, music, inflatable slides, the whole works. It was the same this year, but one teacher says, after November's tornadoes, the town-wide party has new meaning. There was also a 5K, strong man show and watermelon eating contest, as well as a fireworks show.