The Children of Summerfest

It’s not unusual to see a little one scampering around Logan’s annual Summerfest, but did you know they are responsible for some of its success? Whether it’s working with the vendors, performing, or even a young budding artist selling a painting, more and more kids are participating in one of Logan’s fastest growing art events. “Last year I made swords out of duct tape and the swimmy little tubby things and I sold them.” Said 9 year old crafter Corbin MacDonald. Here with his mom, Christy MacDonald, to sell her glass blown wares, he watches the booth from time to time and is a big help to her. Due to high demand, the Plein Air contest, originally intended for adults, has been extended to the youth. “Its run just exactly like the adults,” volunteer Lucille Peterson Watkins said. “They come in with a canvas that is stamped on the back and they go out and paint. Then they bring it back in and its immediately put in a frame and Wednesday night before Summerfest it is juried in, or judged, then they’re placed over here for an auction.” One six year old’s painting of an abstract flower won him first place and a $60 bid for the masterpiece. Watkins greatly enjoys the event because the valley’s best come out and display their mettle, especially the kids. “As long as they have an interest in art they’ll only get better and better.”Even teenagers are getting involved. Logan High graduate Eric Martineau was there with his art teacher selling a few of his ceramic creations. Some, like Trevor Ore and Jake Thomas, are into the cooler side of the fest. For $2 a piece they will sell you a tantalizingly cold snow cone and leave you smiling, too.Although Summerfest has many great performers, many would agree one of the most impressive performances came from a young band of brothers. Braden, 15, Kort, 11, and Trae Fuller, 7 the members of the Rootbeer Reunion, have been entertaining audiences across Utah and beyond with songs, jokes, even a little bit of yodeling.”We just had someone that wanted us to play our guitars…for our family reunion,” Braden said on the bands origins. “It kind of snowballed from there with people asking us to do more and more stuff.”Now, several years later, Rootbeer Reunion won the hearts of both young and old with their easy charm and ability on several instruments. “They were so good,” said fan Elizabeth Swink, “and they’re only my age!”Talented only begins to describe the trio. From a very early age the Fuller boys mastered the flute and applied that knowledge to a variety of other instruments. “I started the flute when I was 2,” says Kort, who serves as the bands bass guitarist and lead singer. “Then I started the guitar when I was seven and the whistle around then, too. I started the drums just like a year and a half ago.”In total, the boys are fluent in nine separate instruments which is no small feat. Practice, determination, and musical aptitude have taken the Fuller boys from national television to a crowd of 30,000 at Romney Stadium. The future is defiantly bright for Rootbeer Reunion.As Summerfest continues to grow, so will its children, leaving great hopes of the arts of tomorrow.

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