Cove holds annual Krist Kindl Markt

William Blackburn, 12, navigates a rope ladder on a carnival game Saturday during the annual Krist Kindl Markt in downtown Copperas Cove.

First-timers and old-timers were among the thousands of area residents who poured into the streets of downtown Copperas Cove last weekend to visit Krist Kindl Markt.

For some residents, such as Melinda Friels, the market is an annual holiday tradition.

“We have been coming every year. It doesn’t feel like Christmas until we visit the market,” Friels said.

For other residents, the market was a new experience.

“We have been stationed here since July, so we decided to check out the market since we are far from home during the holidays,” said Jenny Wooten, whose husband is a Fort Hood soldier. “We come from a small town so this makes us feel closer to home since we can’t make it for Christmas this year.”

Vendors set up booths throughout blocked off areas downtown with troves of treasures, homemade goodies, games and plenty more beneath the glow of holiday lights.

A Copperas Cove tradition since 1994, the Krist Kindl Markt has been a popular holiday venue each year, offering residents a festival to kick off the holiday season.

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