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Scenes from Celebrate Braselton Festival

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Braselton’s Fourth of July celebration also included a festival in Braselton Park with music, face painting and train rides for the kids, booths of merchandise and lots of food vendors offering snow cones to cool you off and funnel cakes to sweeten you up.

Check out scenes from the festival which packed out Braselton Park.

Celebrate Braselton Festival 2014

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Celebrate Braselton parade marks Independence Day

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The Celebrate Braselton parade attracted crowds to line the streets of the route. Braselton Park is filled with evert-goers enjoying the musical entertainment and booths, especially the snowcones and funnel cakes vendors. Most are staying around for the fireworks display at dusk. See more scenes in LeAnne Akin's photo gallery.

The Celebrate Braselton parade attracted crowds to line the streets of the route. Braselton Park is filled with evert-goers enjoying the musical entertainment and booths, especially the snow cones and funnel cakes vendors. Most are staying around for the fireworks display at dusk. See more scenes in LeAnne Akin’s photo gallery.

Celebrate Braselton on Independence Day included a parade complete with elected officials, political hopefuls, local businesses, Shriners, Boy Scouts, vintage cars and Gresham Motorsports Park rides.

Fire trucks and other public safety vehicles, the honor guard and parade grand marshal, retired Command Sgt. Maj. Mack Womack, were greeted by a parade route lined with people.

See LeAnne Akin’s photo gallery below.

Celebrate Braselton Parade 2014

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Fun in Nicholson Park

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Music, games and fireworks were enjoyed Saturday, June 28, in Nicholson City Park. The event featured Ricky Fitzpatrick and Hooch Holler providing entertainment. See scenes from the evening below captured by Katie Griffin.

Sacrifices remembered: Flowery Branch family visits site of WWII’s toll

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A trip to the American Cemetery just two days after the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion gave members of a Flowery Branch family a chance to honor their parents and their POW-father's friend who did not return.

A trip to the American Cemetery just two days after the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion gave members of a Flowery Branch family a chance to honor their parents and their POW-father’s friend who did not return. See more scenes of the family’s travels and ties to their past.

By LEANNE AKIN

The Paper

Just two day after the 70th anniversary of D-Day, members of a Flowery Branch family were in Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France, to honor the sacrifice of their late parents and also the ultimate sacrifice of their father’s friend and fellow infantryman.

Wendell Duncan and his sister, Janet Duncan Lewis, and her family traveled to Europe with part of the inspiration for the trip was to honor their parents and also to visit the grave site of their father’s good friend.

Barney Allen Duncan and Roger Orr enlisted together in the U.S. Army after Pearl Harbor. Duncan told a young Cammie Davis that if she didn’t marry him he was joining the Army. After she agreed to be his bride, he confessed he had already enlisted. Duncan entered service Jan. 8, 1941, and they married that July.

“They went in at the same time,” said Wendell of his father and Roger Orr.

“The trip was a way of honoring Mama and Daddy and Roger,” said Janet, whose good friend Alice Clack knew the family’s story was touching and needed to be shared.

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Freedom Festival: Music, patriotism and more

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The Freedom Festival held in downtown Jefferson on June 28 put you into a patriotic mood.

With beach music, food and activities booths and more, the event also included fireworks which can be seen in Doug Chellew’s photo gallery elsewhere on this website.

Below, check out LeAnne Akin’s photo gallery.

Freedom Festival 2014 gallery by LeAnne Akin

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You could escape from the heat under the misting tents.
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Dairy Queen was serving up ice cream sundaes as a cool, sweet treat.
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The kids' area included some wt opportunities.
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The Jackson County 4-H Club manned the kids' activities area.
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Trying to get the large bean bag into the hole was a challenge for this little one but she kept at it and demonstrated how the bag was supposed to go right in.
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Balloon designs were popular.
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Jefferson Main Street Manager Beth Laughinghouse checked with event-goers while they waited for The Grains to Sands to perform.
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Public safety workers were on the scene.
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State Rep. Tommy Benton was in attendance.
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The Elrod family posed for a photograph.
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The Grains of Sand were delayed a bit by the rain but took to the stage to perform after addressing some technical difficulties.
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It was beach music and more from the Grains of Sand.
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Sounds of The Grains of Sand filled the downtown Jefferson air.
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The Grains of Sand were back by popular demand.
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Booths lined the street and there were also booths on the southside of the square.
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How about a Dairy Queen sundae?
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The misting tent was a popular place to visit to cool off.
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Personalized bricks could be ordered at the booth manned by volunteers of the Jackson County Historic Courthouse Restoration Fund. The grand reopening of the historic courthouse will be Aug. 10.
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The kids' area including a unique balloon apparatus that would cool you off if you stood underneath the water-filled balloon.
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There was miniature golf to be enjoyed.
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Bungee jumping is always popular.
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Booths appealed to the cycling enthusiasts as well.
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The star of the upcoming Jefferson Community Theatre production of Annie enjoyed some tasty treats at one of the booths.
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Piedmont CASA had a booth to share information about upcoming volunteer opportunities.
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Katie Ferguson, 13-month-old daughter of Jessica and Brian Ferguson, was sporting her patriotic outfit for the Freedom Festival.
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Patriotic attire ruled.
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Engraved bricks can be ordered to support the Jackson County Historic Courthouse Restoration Fund. Bricks are $50 each. Get more information by calling 706-621-0489.