Youth Rock at SeaFest

The Queens County Advance - - FEATURE - By Mark Roberts

The or­ga­niz­ers of the first OLS Youth Rocks SeaFest 09 want teenagers to have as much fun as young chil­dren Aug. 21-23 at the 9th An­nual Queens County SeaFest.

SeaFest Youth Rock Com­mit­tee Cochair, Ann Westhaver says, “It’s most im­por­tant to hit those youth/teenage years be­cause those are the kids that never seem to get rec­og­nized at events in Queens. I just find Queens is re­ally lack­ing in that as­pect. We al­ways seem to fo­cus on the small kids. We want to pro­mote that but also have some­thing for the lit­tle kids as well.”

And they have, with On-Line Sup­port as the spon­sor. Westhaver and Co-Chair Rhonda Nor­man are hop­ing to make the OLS event an an­nual part of SeaFest.

Kids Zone from 1-4 p.m. Satur­day will fea­ture Un­der the Sea Bounce, Mickey’s Fun Fac­tory Bounce, a dunk tank, hair and face paint­ing, Ju­nior Striker, bas­ket­ball shoot, snow cones, cot­ton candy, a youth “can­teena,” which will in­clude na­chos, hot dogs, pop, chips and other good­ies, and games such as sucker pull, fish pond and more. Tick­ets are 50 cents each or 25 for $10. A youth karaoke com­pe­ti­tion be­gins at 4 p.m. that day. Westhaver says, “Ba­si­cally get your singing voices ready be­cause we’re go­ing to sing in SeaFest Idol style.”

She ex­plains the com­pe­ti­tion will have judges like Cana­dian Idol but the au­di­ence will de­cide the win­ners. Par­tic­i­pants can en­ter in­di­vid­u­ally or as part of a group. The cat­e­gories are within Pre-school to Grade 1, Grades 2-6, Grades 7-9, and Grades 1012. Regis­tra­tion be­gins at 1 p.m. Early regis­tra­tion is avail­able by email at info@queen­scoun­ty­ There is no cost and “the prizes are go­ing to be great,” Westhaver says.

A DJ and light show street dance for youth aged 18 and un­der runs from 7-11 p.m. This is also free and prizes will be awarded.

There will be Mardi gras beads, glow prod­ucts, cot­ton candy and snow cones and other treats avail­able.

A Youth Gui­tar Hero com­pe­ti­tion be­gins Sun­day at 1 p.m. Westhaver says, “No mat­ter what your level come out and try your hand at gui­tar hero. Every­one who par­tic­i­pates will have their name en­tered into a draw to win an Xbox 360 and Gui­tar Hero.”

She adds she wants to thank OLS for mak­ing Youth Rocks pos­si­ble. For more in­for­ma­tion, or to reg­is­ter for any of the events, con­tact Rhonda Nor­man at 3562601, Ann Westhaver at 935-2106 or visit www.queen­scoun­ty­ They are also looking for more vol­un­teers.

Westhaver says, “ You will not want to miss this one. We want as many youth to come out as pos­si­ble be­cause the more youth that come out the bet­ter the chance we’ll have this again in fu­ture years. Sup­port will en­sure its con­tin­u­a­tion.”

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