As the sun was getting higher in the sky last weekend, more and more people flocked to the heart of Douglas to celebrate the Jackalope with activities for all ages.

The annual event this year started last Thursday with crowds gathered at the Railroad Museum for rides on a miniature train, hugs from Jack himself, music and a free lunch. (See more photos on page A-7.)

One of the highlights was Peak Fitness’ 5K color run, which raised $2,000 for Douglas Mayor Rene Kemper, who is battling cancer.

“There was no charge for the race so the money raised was by donation only,” Peak Fitness owner Anne Saunders said. “We had around 200 people sign up for the run.”

Kemper was highly appreciative of the support and the turnout.

“It was a great event, and I think everyone had a lot of fun,” Kemper said. “I’m so grateful to live in a community where business owners like Anne go above and beyond to help those in need.”

Kemper is happy to report that her treatments have been successful and the cancer is in remission.

“Since it did reach stage four, it’s something that I will have to monitor closely and treat the rest of my life,” Kemper said.

Kemper was on hand all weekend to take part in the activities and is calling this year’s celebration a success.

“The addition of the Chalk Festival was a great idea,” she said. “Kids and adults had a fun time drawing and looking at the artwork.”

The classic car show was another big hit bringing in cars from all over the area.

“This looks like a great turnout. There’s a lot of cars for everyone to enjoy,” Casper resident George Laird said as he stood next to his souped up 1984 Chevy S-10 pickup.

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