By Matt Helm


Students from the Karate Academy will show off their Tae Kwon Do moves at the Boone County Fair on Saturday, Aug. 13 at the Entertainment Pavilion from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

“We are going to demonstrate many of the skills we learn in class, including kicks, board breaking, and a little bit of controlled sparring,” Grand Master, Head Instructor, and Seventh Degree Black Belt at the Karate Academy Keith Burritt said.

The demonstration will feature students 6-years-old and older. The Karate Academy has performed at the fair for several years.

“The Karate Academy is definitely something you should come check out,” Burritt said. “We hold our classes at the Belvidere Family YMCA and offer a great value compared to some other schools in the area.”

The Karate Academy will share their time at the Entertainment Pavilion with the Mainstreet Players of Boone County. Keith Burritt is also President of the Mainstreet Players.

Karate 2“We are the oldest theater group in Boone County, we started in 1994,” Burritt said. “We are going to bring our improv group out, featuring five or six performers.”

The improv group will perform short scenes as well as improv games.

“There’s nothing set in place,” Burritt said. “We do a little improv scene about the hectic things that happen before a play, which is a crowd favorite.”

The Karate Academy will take the stage for the first half hour, followed by the Mainstreet Players.

“People enjoy live entertainment and we really provide some of the best entertainment around,” Burritt said. “We’ve been around for 22 years but not many people know about us. We are the best kept secret in Belvidere.”

Burritt encourages people to check out the rest of what the Boone County Fair has to offer.

“I hope everybody comes out and enjoys the fair,” Burritt said. “It’s one of the top fairs as far as reputation goes in northern Illinois.”

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