Over 2,200 attend the annual even over the course of three days and eight performances. Children came from Dunn, Pepin, Chippewa, Eau Claire, and Buffalo counties. Students traditionally choose the show's theme, select the music and make the props and backdrops. Each student makes at least one puppet for the performances.
This year the stage at the Business Education Center was overtaken by a large pirate ship. "The students worked really hard and did an incredible job to produce the show," said Julia Lorenz, CVTC Child Care Services and Early Childhood instructor. "It's always fun to see the kids really enjoy the show and sing along with the songs. That's when we know we did a good job!"
Profits from the puppet show are used to fund a field trip to the Twin Cities where students tour several high-end early education centers. This year students will tour two nature-based centers and one intergenerational center. Students will also visit the Shriners' Children's Hospital.