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Our German Heritage Is Alive & Well; With A Few ‘Twists’ Added In! (VIDEO)

JASPER (NNDC) – It was another wonderful Jasper Strassenfest this past weekend showcasing the community’s proud German heritage.  Stuart Hammer with our media partner Eyewitness News spent Friday night at the 37th annual fest where he says this year’s event had a few ‘twists’ too!…

” DANIEL AND TOM… THEY’RE THE BALLOON GUYS… THEY’VE BEEN TYING BALLOONS FOR DECADES, AND THEY ARE HERE THIS WEEKEND AT STRASSENFEST WHERE THEY’LL TURN OUT MORE THAN FOUR THOUSAND BALLOONS… THEY HAVE A STORY WITH LOTS OF TWISTS.

TWISTING FOR 22 YEARS… THE BALLOON GUYS HAVE BEEN COMING TO JASPER FOR NEARLY TWO DECADES.

THEY SAY MAKING THESE ELABORATE BALLOON CREATIONS ONLY TAKES SEVEN BASIC TURNS… BUT IT’S THE REQUESTS THAT HAVE THEM CONSTANTLY ON THEIR TOES.

DANIEL HAREN IS FROM HENDERSON… HIS PARTNER TOM, COMES FROM KNOXVILLE… EVERY YEAR THEY TRAVEL TO SEVERAL FESTIVALS ACROSS THE COUNTRY… LATER THIS YEAR HAREN WILL BE IN ARGENTINA FOR A MAGIC AND BALLOON SHOW.

THEY DO IT FOR THE TRI-STATE… FOR THE FAMILIES AND FRIENDS.

(DANIEL HAREN / BALLOON GUY) – “We’ve done a lot of unicorns today, a lot of ray guns, a lot of spiderman… What can I make for you? Spiderman! See I told you!”

(GARY SCHNELL / STRASSENFEST COMMITTEE)  “Lot of people coming home, families, reunions, weddings, just connecting back, meeting friends, making new friends.”

(HAREN) – “One spiderman ready to swing into action… There you go, my friend.”

OFFICIALS ESTIMATE NEARLY 40 THOUSAND PEOPLE PACK DOWNTOWN JASPER OVER THE WEEKEND… WITH MORE THAN 30 MUSICAL GUESTS AND DOZENS OF NON-PROFIT GROUPS DOTTING THE DOWNTOWN SQUARE… IT’S AN EFFORT TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY.”

 

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