COPPERAS COVE — As John Hoover stood beside a measuring tape, his mom, Kristina Hoover, hoped he wasn’t tall enough to ride the attractions at this year’s annual Rabbit Fest at City Park.

But the 8-year-old was a few inches taller than required and rode the “big-kid rides” for the first time on Sunday.

John, of Harker Heights, said he’s been looking forward to the event since he started saving up money for a wristband during Christmas.

“I’ve come for as long as I can remember,” said John, after circling the park and riding all the rides. “(The big rides) look fun.”

He was among thousands of adults and children who attended the four-day event, hosted by the Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce. It included food vendors, carnival rides and entertainment.

Copperas Cove residents Logan Morriss, 8, and his brother, Cameron Morriss, 5, were both happy their mom decided to bring them to the festival.

“We just freak out when we get here,” Logan said.

The Tilt-A-Whirl is his favorite ride and he visited it multiple times throughout the day.

“It spins so fast,” he said.

Logan’s mom, Kristina Morriss, said she noticed a few new attractions this year, which helps draw in a bigger crowd.

“I’ve got a lot of friends from Harker Heights and Killeen that never come this way, but they do for Rabbit Fest,” she said.

Kristina Hoover said she was nervous about her son riding the larger attractions, but glad he had fun.

“I don’t do roller coasters. I don’t do any of that stuff. I don’t like to be up high. I don’t trust the machines,” she said. “My son really enjoys it so we keep coming back,” she said.

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