Youth Rock at SeaFest
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 email@example.com. 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.queenscountyseafest.ca. 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.”