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High-flying fun at Ole Oppe Fest

Four-year-old Lillian Dahmes of Carlos bounces high into the air at Ole Oppe Fest on Second Avenue in Alexandria Sunday. (Al Edenloff / Echo Press)1 / 4
Brinkley Schmid (left) and Stella Olson had their faces painted at Ole Oppe Fest Sunday. The Viking horn hats were also popular. (Al Edenloff / Echo Press)2 / 4
Cora Poelaert of Alexanndria checks out K-9, Ozzy, at Ole Oppe Fest Sunday and received a card from the dog's handler, Bob Peper with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. (Al Edenloff / Echo Press) 3 / 4
Christina Maus with North Ambulance showed children how they load a patient for a ride to the hospital. (Al Edenloff / Echo Press) 4 / 4

A bright sunny day added to the fun of Ole Oppe Fest early Sunday afternoon.

It was Kids/Famiy Day at the event, which is sponsored by the Alexandria Jaycees. Festivities took place Friday through Sunday along Second Avenue near the Central Lakes Trail.

Activities included a vendor fair, emergency vehicles on display, bouncy child climb, bungee trampoline, free music, beer garden, car/motorcycle show and a Wing Ding contest for the best sauce.

The Alexandria Jaycees are looking for more members to join the organization, which seeks to "empower young people to create positive change." The club sponsors many events throughout the year, including ditch clean-ups; Pitch, Hit and Run; Relay for Life team; Sandbox Fill; and the Jingle Bells Telethon.

Those interested in joining or in getting more information may visit the website,, Facebook page, call 320-834-3030, or email

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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