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White Beach Festival keeps summer going

By: By Bill Charles

Date Posted: 2010-11-11

Just when you thought it was time to put away the shorts and camera in the belief the Okinawa festival season was over, Navy Morale, Welfare and Recreation puts out the surprise: the White Beach Festival is this weekend.

What better way to spend the back side of the Veteranís Day holiday weekend than another fun fling that soaks up some culture and entertainment. The annual festival featuring live entertainment, game and food booths, a Kiddyland and beach activities including Banana Boat and Jet Ski rides, is Saturday and Sunday. The open gate event is open to SOFA personnel and Japanese citizens throughout the festival, which operates both days 11 a.m. ~ 10 p.m.

Security concerns have base officials and Navy MWR reminding visitors that all guests are subject to identification checks upon entering White Beach installation, and should bring photo identification such as a driverís license, passport or CAC. Bags will be subject to search upon entering the installation, and alcoholic beverages of any type, ice chests or beverage coolers, pets, skateboards and Heeleys will not be allowed at the festival.

Banana boat and Jet Ski rides will be available both days 11 a.m. ~ 5 p.m. On Saturday, Matt the Knife magic show goes on stage at 1:30 p.m., followed by a Pizza eating contest at 3 p.m. Taiko Drums by Tenryu Daiko perform at 5 p.m., and David Ralston and his band take to the stage 7 p.m. ~ 9 p.m.

Sundayís entertainment begins at 2 p.m. with the Matt the Knife magic show, followed at 3 p.m. by Ryukyu Buyo dane. At 5 p.m., Wakatilda Daiko is on stage, while Kachimba DX performs in the evening 7 p.m. ~ 9 p.m.

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