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Urasoe's "Tedako Festival" slated for this weekend

Date Posted: 1998-07-24

This weekend will bring the long awaited "21st Urasoe Tedako Festival". The two day event will feature many great attractions and entertainment. Saturday, July 25, will start things off at 1 pm with the "Summer Youth Festa", which will last all day. Entertainment at the main stage will begin with a children's "eisa" dance at 1:40 pm. There will also be an official opening ceremony and other cultural performances, leading to the anticipated "Taiko Carnival". The music and dance of the "taiko" performance is orchestrated to depict the history of Urasoe. It will definitely be one of the highlights of the weekend, with approximately 150 "taiko" drums taking center stage. It will begin at 7 pm, with a concert also taking place before the show, and fireworks afterwards.

Sunday's events bring fun and laughs to the festival, starting with a kid's sumo competition at 10 am, followed by a tug of war. A rock concert, citizen's parade and "eisa" are also scheduled. The festival will end with the Okinawan "Kachashee" dance and fireworks.

The "Urasoe Tedako Festival" offers a great chance to see some fantastic Okinawan culture, so be sure not to miss it. It will take place at the Urasoe Sports Park, located across from the Urasoe Civic Hall. To get there, head south on Highway 58 from Kadena. Turn left just before "Makeman" on your right. Follow this road over pipeline and over Route 330, and you will see the Urasoe Sports Park on your left. For more information call Carolyn Kerr at 876-1234 ext. 205.

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