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SLIDESHOW: A balmy day for a beach bash in Gainesville
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Sydney Grindle, 8, participates in the hula hoop contest Friday during the second annual Beach Bash in downtown Gainesville. - photo by Erin O. Smith

A few hundred residents attended the second annual Beach Bash in downtown Gainesville on Friday to enjoy fun in the sand and live music.

There were several contests throughout the night, including hula hoop and limbo contests.

About 80 tons of sand were hauled into downtown Gainesville for the event.

The Alligator Hat Band performed for attendees.

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