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Whistle Stop Festival gives tornado victims relief

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It's been a little over a week since tornadoes ripped across the state of Alabama. After dealing with a lot of the devastation, many people were glad to take a break and enjoy some barbeque at Whistle Stop on Saturday.

Storm victims like Steve Wales said being with friends was therapeutic. Steve's home was leveled by one of the tornadoes that touched down in Limestone County and moved into Madison County.

When the storms begin to roll in, Steve ran to take cover. "People say you can't run from God, but I ran this time, and I'm thankful that I did. If I hadn't I probably wouldn't be here today cause like I said my house was completely destroyed," he said. 

Steve helped pull many of his neighbors out of the rubble after the tornado hit.

Saturday, competitors in the barbeque competition wanted to do their part to help victims like Steve.  Some of the pit masters cooked hundreds of pounds of extra food to take to volunteers and storm victims.

This year the proceeds from the People's Choice Judging and Contest will be donated to the American Red Cross for tornado relief.

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