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Alpha festival begins today

ALPHA -- Alpha Appreciation Days will take place today and Saturday in this Jackson County community.

Burgers, brats and a beer garden are scheduled to be available at 6 p.m. tonight, followed by a free Main Street dance featuring the music group Roxbury starting at 8:30 p.m.

Rummage sales will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, followed at 4 p.m. with the opening of a youth group-sponsored lunch stand as well as games in City Park.

A beer garden will also open at 4 p.m. Saturday, and a grilled pork chop dinner will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Raffle drawing are planned throughout the night, as well as karaoke by Larry Clymer and an evening-capping fireworks display.