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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Marianna Fisher (far left), 9, and Eden Bargeron, 9, helped paint the mural for the Sea Life Aquarium kick off event at Concord Mills Mall. Children helped paint a sea themed mural and officials talked about the tourism benefits at ceremonies officially kicking off the Sea Life Charlotte-Concord Aquarium at Concord Mills Mall Wednesday Sept. 25, 2013.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    David Fisher (bottom left), 5 and Paige Williams (right), 3, fill in the sea weed with green paint on a mural for the Sea Life Aquarium kick off event at Concord Mills Mall. Children helped paint a sea themed mural and officials talked about the tourism benefits at ceremonies officially kicking off the Sea Life Charlotte-Concord Aquarium at Concord Mills Mall Wednesday Sept. 25, 2013.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Children helped paint a sea themed mural and officials talked about the tourism benefits at ceremonies officially kicking off the Sea Life Charlotte-Concord Aquarium at Concord Mills Mall Wednesday Sept. 25, 2013.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Paint brushes sit atop cans of paint waiting for a child to choose their color and begin painting a mural for the Sea Life Aquarium kick off event at Concord Mills Mall. Children helped paint a sea themed mural and officials talked about the tourism benefits at ceremonies officially kicking off the Sea Life Charlotte-Concord Aquarium at Concord Mills Mall Wednesday Sept. 25, 2013.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Three-year-old Paige Williams paints in the sea weed portion of a mural with other children at Concord Mills Mall during a Sea Life Aquarium announcement event. Children helped paint a sea themed mural and officials talked about the tourism benefits at ceremonies officially kicking off the Sea Life Charlotte-Concord Aquarium at Concord Mills Mall Wednesday Sept. 25, 2013.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Kate Harding helps her two-year-old son, Will Harding, get his paint brush on the mural before the Sea Life Aquarium kick off event at Concord Mills Mall. Children helped paint a sea themed mural and officials talked about the tourism benefits at ceremonies officially kicking off the Sea Life Charlotte-Concord Aquarium at Concord Mills Mall Wednesday Sept. 25, 2013.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Caleb Scott, 10 and Isabella Bourgeois, 7, were the Kid Marine Reporters at the Sea Life Aquarium kick off event at Concord Mills Mall. Children helped paint a sea themed mural and officials talked about the tourism benefits at ceremonies officially kicking off the Sea Life Charlotte-Concord Aquarium at Concord Mills Mall Wednesday Sept. 25, 2013.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Donna Carpenter, president and CEO, Cabarrus County Convention & Visitors Bureau wore a pair of swim flippers to the Sea Life Aquarium kick off event at Concord Mills Mall. Children helped paint a sea themed mural and officials talked about the tourism benefits at ceremonies officially kicking off the Sea Life Charlotte-Concord Aquarium at Concord Mills Mall Wednesday Sept. 25, 2013.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Ruth Edwards brought her granddaughter, Paige Williams, 3, to the Sea Life Aquarium kick off event at Concord Mills Mall. Children helped paint a sea themed mural and officials talked about the tourism benefits at ceremonies officially kicking off the Sea Life Charlotte-Concord Aquarium at Concord Mills Mall Wednesday Sept. 25, 2013.
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