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    Merlena Peters, 11, left, and Jaclyn Haug, 10, both of Ferdinand, goofed around with their candles before the opening ceremonies of the 15th annual Christkindlmarkt at Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand on Friday. Rachel Mummey/The Herald

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    Clara Mae Vaal of Ferdinand sang with members of the St. Ferdinand Church Choir as part the opening ceremonies of the 15th annual Christkindlmarkt at Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand on Friday. Rachel Mummey/The Herald

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    Fathers Adrian Burke, Jeremy King and Sean Hoppe of Saint Meinrad Archabbey chanted during the opening ceremonies of the 15th annual Christkindlmarkt at Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand on Friday. Rachel Mummey/The Herald

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    Candace Oser, left, and Morgan Tretter, both 12 and of Ferdinand, Madelyn Pund of Bretzville, 12, Samantha Jarboe, 12, and Erika Uebelhor, 13, both of Ferdinand, and Rachel Hassfurther of Lincoln City, 13, laughed together before the opening ceremonies of the 15th annual Christkindlmarkt at Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand on Friday. Rachel Mummey/The Herald

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    The Christkindl Angel, portrayed by Hilary Cremeens of Ferdinand, sang during the opening ceremonies of the 15th annual Christkindlmarkt at Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand on Friday. Cremeens, who played the role last year, attends Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn., and came home for the event. Rachel Mummey/The Herald

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    Katey Schaefer of Ferdinand, 7, nuzzled her cheek against her candle while watching the opening ceremonies of the 15th annual Christkindlmarkt at Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand on Friday. Rachel Mummey/The Herald