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Youngsters go krazy for kazoobie kazoos at Kid's Fest

Kristen Buckles • Jul 11, 2009 at 12:00 AM

KINGSPORT — Children’s shouts and laughter were accompanied by the loud humming of kazoos in every court of the Kingsport Town Center on Saturday.

However, it was not so much chaos at Kid’s Fest as it was k.a.o.s., kazoobie man Rick Hubbard’s acronym for kids appearing on stage during his show.

The Kazoobie Kazoo Show was the highlight of Saturday’s Kid’s Fest activities, which also included a coloring contest and inflatables.

During the show, Hubbard encouraged the entire audience to participate by playing music and dancing, on stage and off. While on stage, Hubbard asked participants to play maracas or dance.

“Sometimes people bill me as a kids’ show. I’m not really a kids’ show. I’m a comedy show for parents,” Hubbard said. “The kids are the entertainment. They are uninhibited and creative.”

The chance for the children to be creative is the reason behind the structure of his show, Hubbard said.

“It’s all about creativity. It’s all about expression. The more chance kids get to express themselves, the more creative (they are)” he said.

Several kids said that they enjoyed their time in the limelight, but 5-year-old Shea Dunlap said her favorite part was when she watched her mom do the twist on stage.

“It was kazoobie!” she said of the show.

Kazoobie, according to Hubbard, is an adjective that he made up that means “like a Kazoo.”

“A kazoo is fun and everyone can do it,” he said.

The idea of being something that everyone can enjoy was the very change Amy Boyles, Kingsport Town Center’s marketing manager, wanted for this year.

“I like to do something different every year if I can,” she said.

This year, she wanted “something that the whole family can join in, whereas before, we (only) had inflatables and face painting.”

The message that Hubbard gives to the children was another factor in her decision, Boyles said.

“He teaches kids to do good things –– be courteous, kind. Everybody loves him.”

Although Hubbard was new to Kid’s Fest, he has appeared at Fun Fest at least five or six times, he said.

“Fun Fest is exactly what I’m about,” he said. “Fun.”

Barbara Hammonds, who brought her two daughters and five grandchildren to the Kid’s Fest event, agreed.

“Fun Fest as usual,” she said of the event. “Full of fun.”

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