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Fran-tastic Celebration Begins in Raleigh

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RALEIGH — Thursday, Raleigh Mayor Tom Fetzer andGovernor Jim Hunt held a ground-breaking ceremony for the kick-off of thisweekend's 'Fran-tastic' celebration, but the celebration itself takesplace Saturday when a red oak tree will be planted, representing the spirit andresilience of North Carolinians in the wake of Hurricane Fran.

Governor Hunt said Thursday that it's time to take a break from theclean-up and celebrate.

But in the midst of celebration, party-goers will still be able to helpFran victims by bringing a can of food to help replenish supplies at theNorth Carolina Food Bank in Raleigh

The 'Fran-tastic' celebration willfeature a parade, a carnival andlive music. It's free and open to the public, and runs from 10:30 a.m. to4 p.m. Saturday at the State Capitol in downtown Raleigh.

For more information, call 839-4656.

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