THUMBS UP: The Carroll County Agriculture Center on Friday hosted a fundraiser far outside the norm for this area. “The County Invasion” show promised a lineup of hip-hop and rap as a way to provide Carroll County teens with a fun time and to raise funds for a Westminster nonprofit. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Rise Up Community Center, a diversion program for the Carroll County Department of Juvenile Services. The program’s director, Angel Hill, told us the program is like a “second chance” for children who would otherwise be detained or put on probation. The show itself has provided a positive opportunity for kids in the program, with the young people of Rise Up involved in promoting the event, and helping sell concessions, raffle tickets and entry tickets. The lineup featured area hip-hop and rap artists such as North Carroll High School alumnus Da Kid Emm; Westminster resident Billy Dee Williams, aka Billy Lyve; Howard County’s JayMoney Hackett; Ridge Long; and Goup Jefe. Williams told us he was motivated to offer a drug-free, alcohol-free, safe space for young people to party and hear good music. Through Wisdom Court Entertainment, which organized the event, Williams hopes to reach teens through music. “There’s nothing for them that they can really relate to, so through hip-hop music we decided to come back to the area and do something for the teenagers," he told us. We’re sure he was right when he said some young people are “written off as bad kids,” and we like the sound of reaching out to kids like that who might be able to find community, purpose and joy in music.