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It’s time for good times to roll

Date Posted: 1999-07-03

When the gates open for Americafest ’99, Friday, visitors should find plenty of reasons to let the good times roll again. The three-day extravaganza offers again plenty of food, games, rides, entertainment and culture, not to mention a spectacular fireworks display on two nights, Saturday and Sunday, to celebrate America’s July 4. And an important part of the festival is the static displays of various aircraft in the U.S. Air Force Arsenal that thousands upon thousands local and not so local nationals almost religiously make pilgrimage to see.

The annual festival that years ago originally started as Kadena Karnival, and through years has been reformed more times than anyone can remember. But no matter the form, visitors come to enjoy local bands from Elvis reincarnate to Air Force bands.

One special caution to visitors who come to the grounds on daytime. There are very few shaded areas at the festival grounds and the black tarmac amplifies the heat from the sun. A hat, strong sunscreen lotion or some other protection against the sun is highly recommended. Festivalgoers are also advised to drink plenty of fluids as a precaution against dehydration.

Another rule to remember is to make sure to avoid drinking and driving. Better safe than sorry, so those who are planning to have a couple of suds while enjoying the show would do wise to leave the car home and take a shuttle bus or taxi to and from the area.

Americafest ’99 program

Friday

Noon – 3:30 p.m. Variety Music – DJ

Stage 1

5:00 – 6:30 p.m. R&B Group – Abstrak

8:45 – 10:00 p.m. Rock Band – The Murasaki Band

Stage 2

3:30 – 4:45 Country Band – Roadhouse Band

6:45 – 8 p.m. Variety Rock Band – Cry Wolf

Saturday

Noon – 1 p.m. Variety Music – DJ

Stage 1

6:00 – 7:15 p.m. Country, Special Guest – Holly Dunn

8:30 – 10:30 p.m. Pacific Air Force Band

Stage 2

2:45 – 3:45 p.m. Alternative Rock – Level 3

3:45 – 4:15 p.m. Filipino Dance Group – Mabuhay Dancers

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Variety Music Group – Ultimate Satisfaction

7:30 – 8:00 p.m. Shi Shi Mai Dance Group

9:00 p.m. Fireworks

Sunday

Noon – 1:30 p.m. Variety Music – DJ

1:30 – 2:00 p.m. Kadena Kokusai Matsuri Daiko (drum group)

Stage 1

2:15 – 3:15 p.m. Variety Music Group – Ultimate Satisfaction

4:45 – 6:15 p.m. PACAF Band

7:45 – 9:00 p.m. Country, Special Guest – Holly Dunn

Stage 2

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Latin Music Band – Latin Connection

6:15 – 6:45 p.m. Elvis Impersonator

6:45 – 7:15 p.m. Shi Shi Mai Dance Group

9:00 p.m. Fireworks

Performers and performance times are subject to change

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