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Candy McKern • Jan's Costumes

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NAME: Candy McKern

BUSINESS: Jan's Costumes of Kasson

TITLE/POSITION: Owner

HOMETOWN: Waterloo, IA

FAMILY: Husband Chris, Children Anna, 24, Jim, 22, Abbey, 16 and Connor, 13

COLLEGE/EDUCATION/TRAINING: For this-nothing! (laughing)Being in the right place at the right time! (or maybe the wrong place at the right time!)

ORGANIZATIONS/VOLUNTEER INVOLVEMENT: Finance chair of the Festival in the Park. (Editor's note: The Festival in the Park is scheduled for August 8th-11th. For more info go to www.kassonfestivalinthepark. com or contact Candy)

LENGTH OF TIME IN BUSINESS: Three years

WHAT YOU ENJOY THE MOST ABOUT YOUR WORK: The costume shop is all about making people happy and that makes me happy.

A TYPICAL DAY CONSISTS OF: I am usually not at the shop unless I get called to fill in or help with a special request. (The McKerns own McKern Financial Group, Inc. Both this business and the costume shop are located in the Kasson Mini Mall on Main Street.)

YOUR MOST DESPISED CHORE: Vacuuming the shop. It is difficult not to suck up all the tails and long parts of costumes. The vacuum is always full of feathers and fur.

WHAT MOTIVATES YOU? Helping people have fun.

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: My kids.

WHO DO YOU ADMIRE? Again, my kids.

HOBBIES: I don't have much time for hobbies, but I do like to read, crossstitch and work in my flower garden.

FAVORITE COLOR: Purple

FAVORITE FOOD: Seafood

BEST VACATION: Washington, DC

AS A CHILD WHAT DID YOU WANT TO GROW UP TO BE? A CPA

HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED? As someone who worked hard to make a difference-whether it be for my family, business or community.

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