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AKRON, OH (WOIO) – The celebration for the Akron’s own LeBron James Thursday evening packed Lock 3 in downtown Akron, more than an hour before the event begin.

“Akron is home, y’all know that. Everywhere I go I preach Akron,” said LeBron James.

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More than 20,000 people were on hand to honor hometown hero LeBron James. Canal Parks opened for the overflow crowd that didn’t make it in Lock 3.

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