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SING ALONG WITH BARNEY AUG. 6 AT MARRIOTT CENTER

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Barney, the singing, purple dinosaur, will perform at the Marriott Center at Brigham Young University Saturday, Aug. 6.

Barney will conduct two 20-minute sing-alongs as part of the "Be Kind to Humankind" festival sponsored by KBYU, the university's public television station.The Lyons Group, which created Barney, chose KBYU out of 67 PBS stations nationwide as one of five stations to host the overstuffed reptile.

KBYU was chosen because of the strength of its "Be Kind to Humankind" festival, said Sandy Ewing, public information director for KBYU.

"One of the most important criteria was how the station tied into the community," said Amy Myrin, PBS stations relations supervisor for The Lyons Group.

The festival reaches out to the community and promotes children being nice, kind and well-mannered - all attributes Barney encourages, Myrin said.

The festival will have indoor and outdoor activities for children of all ages, Ewing said.

Outdoor activities include crafts and storytellers, and indoor activities will include a puppet show and play, with the highlight being Barney's performance.

Myrin stressed that KBYU is producing the festival, and that "Barney is there to enhance" the station's efforts.

The Lyons Group requested that Barney's audience remain small, Ewing said, so the festival will host two Marriott Center performances, with Barney ending each of them.

Seating will be restricted to 5,000 people per performance.

And this is the real purple critter himself, not a "bogus Barney," Myrin said.

The Lyons Group works hard to crack down on Barney impersonators because of the damage they can do to trusting children, she said.

"This (Barney) is a character that is beloved (by children)," she said. Barney impostors could destroy the real character's message of love and harmony.

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Additional Information

How to see Barney

KBYU's "Be Kind to Humankind" Festival:

When: Saturday, Aug. 6

What: Performances by Barney at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; also crafts, storytellers, puppet shows and plays.

Where: Brigham Young University Marriott Center

Tickets: $3 for ages 2-12; $5 for 12 or older. Available Monday, July 11, at 8 a.m. Call 378-2981 or 1-800-322-2981.