Kids Talk About God

2008-09 Children's International Arts Festival Winner: Alexandria Dubinin

At the age of 12, Alexandria won a week for her family at Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch in Yucca, Arizona.

Here’s what happened when Alexandria learned that she’d won!

Alexandria's siblings celebrate with her!

The Petaluma Argus Courier published this article about Alexandria’s big win!

ARTICLE: Petaluma Argus Courier

This news website called Breaking Christian News also did a nice write-up!

ARTICLE: Breaking Christian News

Festival Question: How do we know that Jesus is the Messiah? (John 1:43-51)

Alexandria's Winning Answer, page 1
Alexandria's Winning Answer, page 2
Alexandria's Winning Answer, page 3


Petaluma Girl, 13, Wins Dude Ranch Family Vacation By Writing for Storybook Bible

Petaluma, Calif., April 30, 2009 – After 13-year-old Alexandria Dubinin answered a question for the Children’s International Arts Festival, she kind of forgot about it until she received a phone call from Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch owner Carrie Rynders. When Rynders told Dubinin she had won a week-long vacation at the ranch, all she could say was: “Thank you, thank you. It’s been my dream come true.”

The Dubinin family will enjoy views from horseback that look like they were taken from a John Wayne movie. With mountain ranges on three sides, Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch is set in the Mojave Desert near Yucca, Arizona (

To win the dude ranch vacation, Dubinin answered a question for an online storybook Bible (“Kids Color Me Bible Gospel of John”) that festival organizer Carey Kinsolving plans to write and publish on his website at She answered the question “How do we know that Jesus is the Messiah?”

“Alexandria’s answer demonstrated a grasp of Bible prophecy, Jesus’ miracles and the transforming power of Jesus’ resurrection life,” said Kinsolving. To view her winning writing, visit

Kinsolving says the good news for all children between the ages of 5-12 is that they can write and draw to win dude ranch family vacations for the summer of 2010. Dubinin was 12 when she wrote her winning essay. The online festival is ongoing until further notice. Kinsolving says he plans to start announcing 2010 winners this fall. In April, Kinsolving signed contracts with seven dude ranch owners or managers for 2010. There is no entry fee, and all the festival information is available at

The Children’s International Arts Festival is sponsored by and participating dude ranches. Festival organizer Carey Kinsolving writes a weekly Kids Talk About God column, distributed through Creators Syndicate, and has produced a series of popular TV spots for an ABC affiliate that can be seen on the Kids Talk About God website.


Alexandria heads out on a trail ride.

The whole family loved the ranch. And yes, one week is PLENTY of time to fall in love with your horse!

The whole family loved the ranch!
Alexandria and her horse for the week
Thank You Note