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    Mike Hochgesang, left, his wife, Pat, Al Bennett and Ken Heim, all of Jasper, raised their glasses of beer while singing the traditional "Ein Prosit" German drinking song with members of the German Club after tapping the first keg in the beer garden following the opening ceremonies of the 35th annual Strassenfest on Thursday evening. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Dave Buehler of Jasper, front left, and Birnie Jeffries of St. Anthony carried the bratwurst through the Square to the beer garden to kick off the Jasper Strassenfest on Thursday evening. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Heide North of Lexington, Ky., left, and her husband, William, and Betty Finch of West Lafayette and her husband, Jim, danced to polka music at the Jasper Strassenfest on Thursday evening. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Dan Wehr's fedora, decorated with pins, sat on the main stage at the Jasper Strassenfest on Thursday evening. Wehr, a founding member of the Jasper Deutscherverein, or German Club, and the club's first president, collected the pins from his travels. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Little Mister Strassenfest Ethan Schaefer, Little Miss Strassenfest Serenidy Eckerle and Little Mister Strassenfes first runner-up Leo Eckman, all 7 and of Jasper, cheered on the winners of the children's box parade Thursday evening at the Jasper fest. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Emma Bauer, 5, blew a noisemaker at her cousin Mickinzie Marks, 6, both of Jasper, on their pop-star-themed float before the children's box parade at the Jasper Strassenfest on Thursday evening. The girls wore matching dance outfits, twirled homemade batons and pretended to autograph people's arms. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Charlie Seifert, left, gazed up while his cousin Carter Smith, 6, and Charlie's brother Aiden, 7, all of Jasper, discussed their floats before the children's box parade at the Jasper Strassenfest on Thursday evening. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Reen Gutgsell of Jasper, left, joked around while singing a low note of a song with Glenn Menke of Huntingburg while performing with the Celebration Singers at the Jasper Strassenfest on Thursday evening. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Lorelei Stone, 4, left, smiled at her cousin Isabella Steltenpohl, 6, both of Jasper, before having a turn on the swing ride Thursday evening at the Jasper Strassenfest. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Josie Englert of Jasper, 2, left, and Ariana Leon of Huntingburg, 3, looked dejected as their ride on the mini Ferris wheel at the Jasper Strassenfest came to an end Thursday evening. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    A couple danced the polka in the late evening sun in the beer garden at the Jasper Strassenfest on Thursday. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Kelli Hedinger, left, and Brooklyn Schnarr, both of Jasper, tried to get a friend to join them in the stein holding contest in the beer garden at the Jasper Strassenfest on Thursday evening. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Brooklyn Schnarr, left, and Anna Vonderheide, both of Jasper, struggled to keep their arms up during the stein holding contest at the Jasper Strassenfest on Thursday evening. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Anna Vonderheide of Jasper made a face while trying to keep her arm up during the stein holding contest at the Jasper Strassenfest on Thursday evening. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Tyler Schwede of Louisville struggled to keep holding his arm up during the stein holding contest at the Jasper Strassenfest on Thursday evening. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Ron Sergesketter of Jasper glanced at his arm during the stein holding contest at the Jasper Strassenfest on Thursday evening. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    A group of men competed in the log sawing contest on the Jasper Square on Thursday evening at the Strassenfest. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Janina Grobe of Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany, competed in the log sawing contest Thursday evening at the Jasper Strassenfest. Grobe, a dancer who will perform at the fest Saturday, sawed with her host sister Zoe Hoover of Holland. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Miss Strassenfest second runner-up Kendra Kern, left, and Miss Strassenfest Mallory Humbert, right, both of Jasper, were coached by Ron Keusch of Jasper during the log sawing contest Thursday evening at the Strassenfest. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Bridgette Bartley of Jasper competed in the women's finals of the log sawing contest Thursday evening at the Jasper Strassenfest. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Ariana van den Akker/The Herald Miss Strassenfest first runner-up and Miss Congeniality Hannah Vollmer of Jasper competed in the log sawing contest Thursday evening at the fest. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald