Below you will find information about the team of people that helped to put together the Strassenfest this year.
|Chamber Executive Director||Nancy Eckerle|
|Chamber Secretary||Janet Beckman|
|Deutscherverein Representative||Paul Siegel|
|Marketing Coordinator & Open Ceremonies||Kelsey Merkel|
|Event Coordinator||Kami Knies|
|Booth Coordinator||Corie Eckerle|
|Construction/Logistics Coordinator||Mike Ackerman|
|Social Media Coordinator & Book Design||Shelby Gidley|
|Pageant Coordinator||Jasmine Bosler|
|Miss Strassenfest Coordinator||Mallory Humbert|
|Jr. Miss Strassenfest Coordinator||Brooklyn Schnarr|
|Little Miss/Mr. Strassenfest Coordinator||Jade Marinin|
|Special Projects||Gary Schnell|
|German Heritage Coordinator||Laura Grammer|
|Half-Pot Coordinator||Kim Lottes|
2021 Host & Hostess
The Jasper German Club President and their spouse serve as the Host & Hostess of the Strassenfest each year.
Paul and Mary Leah Siegel
2021 Hofmarschalls – Jim & Pat Thyen
The 2021 Jasper Strassenfest Committee is proud to name Jim and Pat Thyen as the 2021 Hofmarschalls in celebration of this year’s theme “A Cultural Experience”.
Mr. and Mrs. Thyen’s philanthropic interests have empowered the arts culture in our community for current and future generations of our city.
The charitable Jasper couple helped renovate the beloved Astra Theatre in 2015 that adds vibrance to our downtown. They also led the Jasper LEADS effort with a Challenge Gift that sparked other community members and groups to also commit to making improvements in our community. This outstanding philanthropic effort created our city’s new cultural center where generations of every age can grow in the arts and experience cultures outside their own. The couple’s philanthropy is honored in the new center’s name- the Thyen-Clark Cultural Center.
Their philanthropy and dedication to our city don’t stop at the arts. They continue to invest in the future of our community, benefitting many societal aspects, often anonymously and with scant fanfare. One important contribution they’ve made is helping fund initiatives for our Jasper Police Department and the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department to provide training for our canine officers. Because of their dedication to our community, we will continue to improve our city’s “quality of life” and attract new talent and residents.
Helping our community to be a great place to live was instilled in the Thyen’s decades ago as representatives of one of the founding families of Kimball International/Kimball Electronics, two companies that have long made an immeasurable positive impact on our city. Jim was President and CEO of Kimball International until his retirement in 2014.
We are grateful for the Thyen’s philanthropy that will help our community to flourish and grow for future generations to enjoy and participate in. The Jasper Strassenfest Committee is pleased to honor Jim and Pat (Clark) Thyen as the Hofmarschalls of the 43rd Annual Jasper Strassenfest.