Kids were out on a high note

Playing around on the jumping castle after performing on stage at the youth festival. Picture: Simon Bennett
Playing around on the jumping castle after performing on stage at the youth festival. Picture: Simon Bennett
Family and friends at the Aussie Encore Music Youth Festival from left, Christine Porter, Yolanda Romeo, and Sylvia Lewis. Picture: Simon Bennett

Family and friends at the Aussie Encore Music Youth Festival from left, Christine Porter, Yolanda Romeo, and Sylvia Lewis. Picture: Simon Bennett

Mikaia Delgado performing on stage. Picture: Simon Bennett

Mikaia Delgado performing on stage. Picture: Simon Bennett

Aussie Encore Music Youth Festival. Picture: Simon Bennett

Aussie Encore Music Youth Festival. Picture: Simon Bennett

Throwing thongs and having fun at the youth festival from left, Adam Canturi (8), Daniel Joseph (4), and Vincent Pirozzi (11). Picture: Simon Bennett

Throwing thongs and having fun at the youth festival from left, Adam Canturi (8), Daniel Joseph (4), and Vincent Pirozzi (11). Picture: Simon Bennett

Aussie Encore Music Youth Festival. Picture: Simon Bennett

Aussie Encore Music Youth Festival. Picture: Simon Bennett

Aussie Encore Music Youth Festival. Picture: Simon Bennett

Aussie Encore Music Youth Festival. Picture: Simon Bennett

Aussie Encore Music Youth Festival. Picture: Simon Bennett

Aussie Encore Music Youth Festival. Picture: Simon Bennett

Aussie Encore Music Youth Festival. Picture: Simon Bennett

Aussie Encore Music Youth Festival. Picture: Simon Bennett

NEARLY 200 people were at Horsley Park Showground for the Aussie Encore Music Youth Festival marking Australia Day. It was part of many events Fairfield Council staged across the town on Saturday.

The festival featured five bands and performances from local primary and high-school students. There was an Aussie barbecue and face-painting, pony rides and a jumping castle.

Wetherill Park Rotary Club and Fairfield Council were the organisers. "We had some great talent — everyone I spoke to was completely taken back by the young talent in our area," said Wetherill Park Rotary Club board director Rick Mattiuzzo. "We had a soprano and contemporary singers and we even had a band come all the way from the Central Coast."

More than $500 was raised and this will go to holding another music youth event.

Budding performers: Rick Mattiuzzo, rick@rilec.com.au or 0413 134 375.