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Puppet Wagon shows 23 times a week

The Woodbury puppet wagon began its 2016 summer season with a bang.

The puppet wagon hosted a preview party on June 8 to an audience of about 150 people, said Elizabeth Owens, recreation specialist.

Typically, each puppet show sees a turnout of about 20 to 30 kids, Owens said.

The puppets will come out to play for 23 shows per week in 22 different parks during the summer season, which runs through mid-August.

During the last three years, Owens has noted a steady increase in attendees of the shows each summer. Last season, the number of attendees increased by 250, Owens said.

The shows at Powers Lake and Colby Lake parks are the two most popular shows each week, Owens said. She also expects a new show to bring in a steady crowd this year, she said.

"I think Madison's Place Playground is probably going to be our biggest draw this coming summer," Owens said.

The puppet wagon employs three puppeteers that produce new shows for the audience each week and also create their own props, Owens said.

Kinderberry Hill, which has sponsored the puppet wagon since 2010, is also excited for another season.

"We have loved hosting the annual preview party where we can so actively support and highlight a beloved community tradition," Kathy Sjursen, Kinderberry Hill executive program director, said in an e-mail.

The wagon offers shows in the morning starting at 9 a.m. and in the evening as late as 7 p.m. For the full puppet wagon show schedule, visit ci.woodbury.mn.us/recreation-division/recreation-programs/special-events.

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