In the present circumstances and with the declaration of COVID-19 by the World Health Organization as a global pandemic on March 11, 2019, the Kenadi Jean Weis Foundation has concluded that Kenadi’s Karnival & Silent Auction Fundraiser be cancelled, until further notice.

All of us in some way have been impacted by the uncertainties related to this virus.  No matter how you are affected, our prayers are with you all.

Kenadi’s Karnival 2019

We celebrated Kenadi’s birthday with our fourth annual Kenadi’s Karnival & Silent Auction Fundraiser on Saturday, June 22, 2019.  It was a beautiful sunny day with a light breeze… perfect outdoor Karnival weather!

We welcomed over 1,000 attendees to enjoy twenty locally hosted carnival game booths like Elephant’s Trunk, Plinko, Pop Bottle Ring Toss and Football Throw with prizes.  The Rapid City Woodworkers were back showcasing their wooden toy vans and VAST returned with their Basketball Shoot Out and popcorn game booth.

We featured Disney Princesses, Star Wars Characters, Smokey Bear, Sting and Miss South Dakota 2019, Amber Hulse.  In conjunction with Rapid City Regional Hospital Foundation and Spearfish Ambulance, Don’t Thumb Your Melon was there fitting and providing free helmets to those in need of one.

In addition to several Bouncy Castles, we presented a Corn Pit, Petting Zoo, Black Hills Mini Express Train Rides and Strider Bike Races.  Our talented Face Painters and Howard’s Balloon Creations kept extremely busy and we introduced a Kids Pie Eating Contest as well.

Not just for kids, adults enjoyed Samson the Sasquatch, along with the rest of the Spearfish Sasquatch Baseball Team, at the Dunk Tank, Photo Booth with props, Live Music by Heath Johnson and Turquoise & Leather, special performances by Kids & Co dancers, grilled food and an amazing Silent Auction.

Thank you one and all for attending, supporting, contributing, praying, volunteering, volunteering, volunteering… it would never happen without you!  Next year, Kenadi’s Karnival will be our 5th and on Kenadi’s actual birth date of June 27.  If you would like to be a part of the 2020 festivities, hit us up!

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We have several Game Booths sponsored by local businesses, clubs and organizations for the kids to enjoy, where everyone’s a winner!

We are super-excited to announce that the newly-crowned Miss South Dakota Amber Hulse will make a Special Guest Appearance at Kenadi’s Karnival from 11AM to 2PM! Come and get her autograph and take a photo with her 🙂

Amber’s hometown is Hot Springs, SD and she is a Political Science major at USD. Her Social Impact Initiative is Operation Overload and competing as Miss State Fair her talent was Piano. She will represent South Dakota in the Miss America pageant this September.

Samson the Sasquatch will be warming up his dance moves at the Dunk Tank from 11AM to 1PM on Saturday, along with the rest of the Spearfish Sasquatch Baseball Team!  Come throw a Slider, Knuckle-Curve or Screwball to Dunk a Player!

10-10:20= Dr. Kari Bennett 12-12:20= Brent Steinbach 2-2:20= Officer Dustin Schumacher  
10:20-10:40= Dr. Samantha Figgins 12:20-12:40= Jared ‘Cappie’ Capp 2:20-2:40= Brock Anundson  
10:40-11= Kevin Moore 12:40-1= Calvin Dardis 2:40-3= Megan Rose Lafayette  
11-11:20= Andrew Rasmussen 1-1:20= Jess Eixenberger 3-3:20= David Riley  
11:20-11:40= Ashleigh Hoff 1:20-1:40= Dr. Devon Nelson 3:20-3:40= Kaitlin Erickson  
11:40-12= Steve Long- KEVN Black Hills FOX News Anchor 1:40-2= Officer Scott Jones 3:40-4= Kelly Weis-Schultz- Kenadi Jean Weis Foundation, President  

In conjunction with Rapid City Regional Hospital Foundation and Auxiliary, Don’t Thump Your Melon will be at Kenadi’s Karnival from 10AM up until the Strider Bike Races begin at 1PM promoting helmet safety and education.  Helmets, purchased through a grant from Kohl’s Cares for Kids, will be properly fitted by Volunteers and provided free of charge to those in need of one.

Come early and get yours!

Seriously, hands down the cutest thing you’ve ever seen… Strider Bike Races!

Where’s the fun without a little friendly competition?!  The Strider Bike Races are designed to provide just that.  We offer a safe, fun, and slightly competitive atmosphere where children can show off their skills in front of a cheering crowd supportive of all riders.

We welcome back Dr. Jonathan Reth, who was a cyclist on the US National Cycling Team during the 1990’s, to conduct the races.  Ready.  Set.  Strider!


2-3 year-olds

4-5 year-olds

6+ year-olds

Special Needs will be determined by participation

Register any time before the races which begin at 1:00 PM



1880 Train Ride
Black Hills Party Pedaler Tour
Buffalo Jump Saloon & Steakhouse
Strider Bike
Elkhorn Ridge Resort Stay & Play Package
Spearfish Canyon Country Club
Pink 629 Gift Certificate
Hickok’s Hotel & Gaming

Meadowbrook Golf Course
Jennifer Norrick Photography
Pottery 2 Paint
Reptile Gardens
Spearfish Canyon Lodge UTV Package
Matthew’s Opera House
Rockin’ R Rides Aspen Tunnel Trail
Chubby Chipmunk truffles

Rush Mountain Adventure Park
First Gold Hotel & Gaming
Custom-made Cigar Box Guitar
Anytime Fitness Membership
Rapid City RUSH Hockey tickets
Roma’s Ristorante
Homestake Opera House
Cheyenne Crossing

Silent Auction closes at 3PM


Heath Johnson

On Stage: Morning

Heath Johnson is an Americana Country singer/songwriter from Spearfish, SD. He organizes the South Dakota Songwriters group and activities around the Black Hills area and puts together songwriter’s rounds for other local artists. His musical influences range from classic country, to modern Americana, folk, and red dirt music. Along with his solo shows, he is also the lead in an Americana Honky Tonk band named The Ruthless West.

Turquoise & Leather

On Stage: Afternoon

The acoustic classic country duo of Dan Coleman and Ja’net Eastman are also part of the original music group, South Highway 85.  These two self-proclaimed country bumpkins from up north play some mighty fine toe-tappin’ music!

We thank these fine musicians for sharing their talent on stage at Kenadi’s Karnival with all of us! Without them we’d be listening to a prerecorded playlist, and it doesn’t like applause nearly as much as they do!


whom we thank so much for their support