Kiddie Karnival

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    Art Nordhoff helped Chloe McCracken, 6, both of Jasper, fish for toys during the Kiwanis Kiddie Karnival on Wednesday at Jaycee Park in Jasper. Children snagged a bit of everything — bubbles, silly masks, Ring-Pops and play dough. Nordhoff was at the first Kiddie Karnival 66 years ago when the event took place in Jasper resident David Held’s back yard. Heather Rousseau/The Herald

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    On June 9, 1972, a photo was printed in The Herald showing the first-place winners in the four categories of the pet parade. The participants stood with event chairman Dave Buehler, left, and longtime Kiwanis member and Kiddie Karnival volunteer Frank Ebenkamp, who was wearing his clown suit. The winning children were, from left, Keith Schneider, Jan Schroeder, Nancy Uland and John Crutchfield. Herald File Photo.

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    Clayton Sander, 10, of Celestine, held his fake mustache as Jasper residents Morgan Rottet, 18, left, and Jessica Lehmkuhler, 23, helped Clayton adjust the glasses he won. Sander was at the carnival with Camp CARE, and Lehmkuhler and Rottet help with the summer camp. Camp CARE participants attend the Kiddie Karnival every year. Heather Rousseau/The Herald

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    Hudson McCune, 11, and his cousin Jake Rose, 10, both of Jasper waited for contestants to try the ring toss. Players who successfully landed rings around the neck of a soda bottle got to choose a drink as their prize. Wednesday marked McCune’s third year volunteering at the event. Heather Rousseau/The Herald

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    Hannah Seifert, 10, of Jasper, held her pet bearded dragon, Spike, as Sydney Waddell, 12, of Ireland, hugged her cat, Felix, who was wearing a tutu for the Kiddie Karnival pet parade. Spike won the award for most unusual pet and Felix came in second place in the contest for prettiest pet. Heather Rousseau/The Herald

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    Caroline Kaiser, back left, chatted with Kennedy Matheis, both 10 and of Jasper, on Jaycee Park benches Wednesday at the Kiddie Karnival. Both girls have been going to the event every year for as long as they can remember. Heather Rousseau/The Herald

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    Sydney Waddell, 12, fed a pony while her sister, Sadie, 8, both of Ireland and Olivia Doty, 10, and Erin Mehringer, 9, both of Jasper waited their turns. The pony, named Lightning, rested during a break from providing rides for Kiddie Karnival visitors. Heather Rousseau/The Herald

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    Leo Wolf, 7, of Jasper played miniature golf with the help of Madeleine Robling of Jasper during the Kiddie Karnival on Wednesday. Heather Rousseau/The Herald

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    Harvey Perder, left, and Ron Keusch, both of Jasper grilled hamburgers for the Kiddie Karnival at Jaycee Park in Jasper on Wednesday. Heather Rousseau/The Herald

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    Eli Rasche, 5, of Jasper held his bunny, Beyoncé, before the pet parade during the Kiddie Karnival on Wednesday. Heather Rousseau/The Herald

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    Haley Sample, 16, of Jasper, tugged on a fish net after she placed a toy in the net while volunteering at the fish pond during the Kiddie Karnival on Wednesday. Heather Rousseau/The Herald

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    Frank Ebenkamp, right, the leader of the pet parade directed children to take one more lap to show off their pets during the Kiddie Karnival on Wednesday. Heather Rousseau/The Herald

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    After the first Kiddie Karnival in July 1948, children of Kiwanis Club members presented Othmar Bockelman a check ticketed to help fund the construction of Memorial Hospital in Jasper. Larry Haas, instrumental in the event’s origin, stood behind Bockelman’s right shoulder. Photo Courtesy of Larry Haas