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After Irene, a working farm offers party space

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ESSEX, Vt. -

It's a celebration for farmers and farm animals.

"It gets pretty loud and it's like stereo music over the cows," says Paul DeLaBruere.

Farmers and residents are preparing for the arrival of 200 guests. It's a gathering to celebrate the rebuilding of the barn that was destroyed when it's roof collapsed in 2011. Later that year, tropical storm Irene took another hit at the already damaged structure.

"It took us about two years to clean up the barn, meaning the wood all around and just getting things to where you don't see the wreckage anymore," says Keith Decker.

But with the help of grants and the community, the owners decided to turn their loss into a space for parties. The once second floor of the barn is now an open dance floor -- with a view.

"Over time, it started to come out and the next thing you know we said let's have a party, we've got this space and everyone loves the space and we just continue to do it and it's been a lot of fun," says Decker.

And as the dairy farmers begin their daily chores once the party gets going, the music will be blaring up above as guests are invited to take a turn at milking cows.

"The milking gets going and people come and watch. We can hear the music up above. The cows don't seem to mind, it's a lot of fun," says Delabruere.

A roasted pig will be the guest of honor as residents from all over come out to dance the night away. And with two bands, and plenty of food, the celebration of the new barn will continue throughout the night.

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