First grader’s design appears on Father Hennepin Festival button

Annabelle Johnson, 6, of Champlin, is the designer behind this year’s Father Hennepin Festival button. Annabelle, an Oxbow Creek Elementary School first FHFButtonDesignWinner FHF Button13 Button Final13grader, used an eagle as part of her inspiration because of the eagles they often see in a big Cottonwood tree near the carnival site. Her family calls it the eagle tree. She also drew a ferris wheel and families since that reminded her of the carnival held during the festival. Annabelle’s family particularly enjoys the carnival, parade, ice cream social and petting zoo during Father Hennepin Festival.

Annabelle turned her design in early on and anxiously awaited the news.

“She was very excited and couldn’t stop smiling,” said her mother.

Annabelle plans to save her $150 prize to spend on something special.

In addition to drawing, Annabelle enjoys playing hockey and loves animals.

The buttons are being sold for $3 in order to participate in the treasure hunt that begins Monday, June 3. They are also required to participate in several festival events such as the fishing contest, kids bingo and the youth coin search. Buttons can be purchased as Champlin SuperAmerica, 100 Miller Road, Champlin.


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