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3rd annual Youth Music and Art Showcase alive with talent

Members of "Undecided" performed Saturday night, pioneers of new music. From left, they are Trai Schmidt, Corey Joslyn and backup drummer Tim Snow, who replaced an injured Josh Johnson. Not pictured is band member Edgar Guajardo. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)1 / 2
All four members of the band 'Undecided' perform. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)2 / 2

The Park Rapids region got a glimpse of its rich past and a peek into its equally wealthy future this past weekend, both celebrated in sounds, songs and applause.

The 36th annual Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers show featured the usual pops, sparks and chugs. The 3rd annual Youth Music and Art Showcase featured sounds with a slightly different resonance.

The 'Pioneer' Artists

Watercolors, oils, photographs and other artistic works graced the downtown area all last week, displayed on store walls and easels.

Friday it was the musicians' turn, as the sounds of youthful tunes filled Pioneer Park, Bella Caffe and the Jokela Rodeo & Auction Grounds pavilion through Saturday night.

And when the band "Undecided" launched into Baby Boomer classics like Lynyrd Skynrd's "Simple Kind of Man," their sound bridged three generations.

Sound engineer Joel Jay said classic rock should be respected and improved upon.

Young musicians demonstrated reggae, blues, rock and their own works, to rounds of applause.

And like the Pioneer Farmers, most agreed the future is bright, if the talent pool can be convinced to stick around the area.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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