Youth Explosion Fair Set For Saturday


Rim Country youth are invited to share their talents onstage at the Youth Explosion Fair Saturday, July 14, at the Tonto Apache Reservation Gym.

Singers, dancers, poets, musicians, artists and actors can log onto and sign up for the free event.

A talent show is merely one of the events in a day, sponsored by Rim Country Youth Keepers, which starts at 8 a.m. and lasts until 10 p.m.

Christian Hip Hop artist Promise Dixon, of Oklahoma, and rhythm and blues/inspirational singer-songwriter AnnaMarie Paisley, of Washington, will perform and work with the youth.

Dixon performed at an event for tribal youth a few months ago and Dabney is happy to see him return for the Youth Explosion.

According to Dixon's MySpace page, he became a born-again believer in Jesus Christ in 1989 and in 2006 graduated from the Rhema Bible Training Center.

He aims to provoke thought with his lyrics and challenge his listeners to embrace spiritual truth.

Multi-talented Paisley choreographs, dances, acts and models, in addition to singing.

"I have something to say and I don't have to be lewd, vulgar or half-naked for people to listen," she writes on her Web site. "If it's beats that they want, then that's what I'll give them. But they are going to be inspired, encouraged and more confident in who they are, when I'm done."

Motivational speaker Brian Charles will be the Master of Ceremonies.

"Coach Brian has a tremendous story to tell and a way with children of all races," Roscoe Dabney said. Dabney is a police officer and community liaison for the Tonto Apache Tribe.

"We hope this is the first on many events," he said.

Although teens are the focus of the event, Dabney plans to have things to interest the younger children, such as puppet shows and bounce houses.

He also plans to have representatives from various community agencies, civic organizations and churches on hand to relate to the children, teens and young adults.

There is an Explosion Fair meeting at 5:30 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, at the Tonto Apache administration building.

"Anyone who is interested in the event is welcome," Dabney said.

For more information about the Youth Explosion Fair 2007, e-mail info@youthexplosion2007 or call Dabney at (928) 978-9368.

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