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      Another successful 4th of July festival in the Heartland

      The All American Red, White, and Blue Festival in downtown Kirksville is over, and organizers and spectators alike tell us it was a great turn out this year.

      The All American Red, White and Blue Festival in downtown Kirksville is over and organizers and spectators alike tell us it was a great turnout this year.

      This was the 9th year for the festival and organizers say with the temperatures in the 80's, people could come out and enjoy the many events the festival had to offer.

      This year's festival brought service clubs, businesses and locals together for a great Independence Day. Although the festival for this year is over, the planning for next year has already began.

      "Right now we listen to what people like, and what we may make changes on," said Tourism Director Debra Boughton. "For example we had a parade at nine in the morning on the 4th of July and people really liked it, I got a lot of comments all weekend that people love a morning parade. We had a big parade, about 35-36 entries in the parade."

      Boughton says the pancake breakfast was also a great event. She tells us says there were a large number of spectators for the parade as well and just over 400 people came out Friday night for the community band concert.

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