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Area Youngsters Shine This Sunday!

April 27, 2012 - Jim Price
Early in his life, somebody gave local entertainer and balloon artist Dennie Huber his first opportunity to get up on a stage and experience the spotlight. Inspired by that opportunity, he would ultimately follow his entertainment muse and turn it into a career.

For the 22nd year, Huber will return that favor, and give area youngsters the opportunity to take the stage and experience the spotlight in front of a supportive audience. Hosted and organized by Huber, the 22nd annual Crazy Fest Amateur Youth Talent Show will take place this Sunday afternoon, April 29, at 1 p.m. at the Greenwood Firehall in Altoona. Crazy Fest gives youngsters up to age 21 the chance to step before an audience and show off their talents, as they compete for a variety of trophies, plaques, ribbons and other awards.

The winners are selected by a panel of judges, all past participants in Crazy Fest who have moved on to entertainment-related careers and endeavors. One of the primary purposes of Crazy Fest is to encourage and support young talent, so feedback is always positive, and Huber assures contestants and their parents every year that there are no ‘Simon Cowell’-type judges on the panel to insult or discourage participants.

Crazy Fest is open to any type of talent the young mind can create; from more common talents like singing, dancing, playing an instrument, twirling a baton or acting; to juggling, magic, hula hooping, rock bands and much more. Some of the more unusual talents exhibited by Crazy Fest in past years include hacky-sack demonstrations, card-sharpshooting (a carnival trick where playing cards are slung into and slice celery stalks), belly-dancing, and ethnic and cultural dances.

Youngsters may register to enter Crazy Fest for free, and can register up until the competition begins. They may register by calling Dennie Huber at (814) 942-2516.

Admission for the general public is $2 per person. Proceeds from the admission fee funds the many trophies and plaques handed out to the winners.

Food and refreshments will be available. Proceeds from food sales benefit the Greenwood Volunteer Fire Company.

Here is the listing for live music on area stages this weekend:


AnEmergencyScene presents Pentimento, On The Run, Eyes Wide, Boxer, Lone Wolf and Donavan at the Masonic Hall, Altoona (all ages, starts 5 p.m.)

Without Zerb at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona

Mysterytrain at Pellegrine’s, Altoona (starts 9:30 p.m.)

On The Run, The Company You Keep and Revenge Memorial at Aldo’s, Altoona

Wood-n-Strings at U.S. Hotel, Hollidaysburg (starts 9 p.m.)

Candle In The Wind at Blue Moon Saloon, Cresson (starts 9 p.m.)

Locked and Loaded at Yesterday’s Party, Ebensburg

Sunset Strip at City Hotel, Northern Cambria


Half Tempted at Family Pizza, Altoona

Born & the Beanstalk at Pellegrine’s, Altoona

Total Whiteout at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona

Without Zerb at Belmar Hotel, Altoona

The House Band at Molly Maguires, Altoona

Inside Out (featuring former members of Kyx) at Teriz Place, Altoona

Chuck Mason & Blue Reality at Shaw's Bar, Altoona

The Backyard Rockers at the Eldolyn Terrace, Altoona (starts 9:30 p.m.)

Shallow9 at Glenn’s Place, Claysburg

Never Enough at Blue Moon Saloon, Cresson

Saving Jake at Bar 53, Coalport

Acoustic Stew at Madhatters, St. Boniface

Unbridled and Metro at Yesterday’s Party, Ebensburg

Itch at Castle Pub, Ebensburg

Punk Fiction at Jay’s Place, Ebensburg

P.T. Cruisers at City Hotel, Northern Cambria

Fuse at Our Place Pizza & Pub, Colver


22nd annual Crazy Fest Amateur Youth Talent Show at Greenwood Firehall, Altoona (all ages, starts 1 p.m.)

Tom Ying at Madhatters, St. Boniface (4-7 p.m.)


kBand at Pellegrine’s, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Felix & the Hurricanes at Shaw’s Bar, Altoona


Felix & the Hurricanes at Blue Moon Saloon, Cresson (starts 8 p.m.)

(More shows may be added to this list as information becomes available. Feel free to check back.)

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Crazy Fest host and organizer Dennie Huber stands with a group of younger contestants during last year's Crazy Fest at the Greenwood Firehall. This year's 22nd annual Crazy Fest happens Sunday.