NEW BREMEN — The products of hours of hard work and an abundance of creativity were on display Sunday afternoon at Crown Pavilion as area children and adults participated in the annual Cider Time Parade and costume contest.
The annual event, organized by the American Legion Post 241, Sons of the American Legion Squadron 241 and the New Bremen EMS, began with a parade through New Bremen, starting at La Piazza and ending at Crown Pavilion, where participants were met with donuts and cider.
Organizer Jeff Pape said the event is a tradition for the village of New Bremen.
“It’s been a tradition that they get the donuts and cider,” he said, noting that this year’s was the 56th annual Cider Time. “It’s something that’s always been going on.”
An array of classic and creative costumes flooded Crown Pavilion at the conclusion of the parade, including Logan Kreig, 4, who dressed as Mario. Logan was not the only Mario, as Mitchell Moeller, 9, also donned the overalls and red hat.
Mitchell, along with his friend, Devon Thieman, 9, who dressed as Luigi, added a twist to their costumes.
The two, with help from their mothers, decorated two cars with balloons, banana peels and item boxes, modeled after Mario Kart Wii, a videogame they play often.
Among the variety of creative costume wearers were brothers Isaac, 6, and Tucker, 4, Brockman.
“We’re convicts,” Tucker said of the brothers’ costumes.
Their outfits, complete with matching black and white jumpsuits and hats, were handmade by their grandmother.
The Roetgerman siblings also dressed as a group. Griffen, 10, Tate, 7, and Elli, 9, dressed as gangsters.
“I saw it on the Internet and thought it would be cool,” Tate said of how he came up with the idea for their costumes.
Lauren Paul, 8, also took to the Internet for inspiration for her costume. Lauren took home a prize for most unique costume dressed as a hot air balloon.
“My mom and I found one (a hot air balloon costume) online,” Lauren said, noting that she and her mother thought they could make one better than the one they found online.
Catherine Langhals, 7, also donned a handmade costume, dressed as a die, made from a cardboard box. Jessica Fledderjohann, 9, also utilized a cardboard box for her Spongebob.
“We used some spray stuff and sprayed it on there and then we painted it and added the features,” Jessica said, noting that she and her parents used some colored paper to create the eyes and outfit and then covered the eyes with a screen.
Jessica said the costume took more than a month to put together, and it took a lot of work to complete.
“I love the show ‘Spongebob Squarepants,’ so I told my mom that’s what I wanted to be,” she said of why she chose to be Spongebob.
Kyle Tenkman, 8, also sported a homemade costume.
“I’m a skeleton in boiling water,” Kyle said.
He wore a skeleton costume and stood inside a pot decorated with stones to symbolize boiling water.