By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer
Andrew Dixon has been trying to break through to the big time as he raps his way into the minds and ears of the Clovis community. He is only 11, but already he has performed in several talent competitions over the last year, most recently winning the Juneteenth talent show at Potter Park. He’ll strut his stuff once again in the Kid Fest talent show at the Clovis High School practice football field on Saturday.
The Kid Fest talent show begins at 10 a.m.
Andrew, who performs as “Young Drew,” said he wants to be a famous rapper/songwriter when he grows up. He raps to express his longing for a better life. He said he wants to get out of the “hood life” and into the “good life.”
His mother, Monica Dixon said he is working on a CD called “My Life” with 20 original songs on it. The compilation is comprised of raps he has written in a notebook he keeps in his bedroom.
“He has been practicing and working so hard,” Monica Dixon said. “I’m so proud of him. Everywhere we go since Juneteenth people stop us and say ‘You’re Young Drew!’ That’s a great feeling.”
Young Drew will be competing against close to 20 contenders ranging from singers to dancers and guitarists to gymnasts at Kid Fest. He will perform “Crossroads,” a song he wrote about his grandfather’s strife during his life.
“(At Juneteenth) everybody was clapping and hollering,” Young Drew said. “It made me feel great. I hope I can do it again.”
Monica Dixon believes her son is on his way as the talent shows he competes in builds her son’s confidence to be a true rapper. She said she does everything she can to book shows for him and Kid Fest is great way to get some recognition and have some fun.
Holly Glenn, the event coordinator, said Kid Fest is a day-long festival designed especially for children.
“It gives the kids something fun to do during the summer,” she said. “This is something fun and different.”
She said area businesses will participate with crafts, food and games for youngsters between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
“There will be pony rides, bouncy toys and crafts for them to do,” Glenn said. “This is a unique opportunity for kids and their parents to participate in. I don’t think there is anything else like this in town for the kids during the summer.”
Glenn is also a marketing representative for Freedom Newspapers, a sponsor of the event.
• What: Kid Fest 2005
• Where: Clovis High School practice football field, 21st and Thornton Streets
• When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
• 10 a.m.: Talent show
• Noon-2 p.m.: B-Bop the Clown
• Library story time
• Fire truck demonstration
• Pony rides
• Bouncy toys