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Orion time at Fiesta ‘99

By: Kotoko Chinen

Date Posted: 1999-07-09

One of the island’s major summer events is the “Orion Beer Fiesta,” scheduled this year for Saturday and Sunday at the Onoyama Park in Naha City. But unlike previous years the 1999 extravaganza will not only be limited to the main island and can be enjoyed at four locations, including Ishigaki and Miyako islands.

This year, the fiesta will also be split up into two stages, the “Fureai Plaza” and “Music Plaza.” On the “Music Plaza” stage, Hawaiian music and dance performances by "Island Winds" (5 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.) and Beatles' tunes by "The Manguse" (6:15 p.m. -7 p.m.), "O.R.S. Special Band" (7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.) can be enjoyed. A live performance by the popular Okinawan drum troupe, "Ryukyu Daiko" (7 p.m. -7:40 p.m.) and renowned Okinawan recording band, "Rinken Band" (7:40 p.m. - 8:35 p.m.) will perform at “Fureai Plaza.”

On both days, fireworks are scheduled for 8:45 p.m.

Naturally, any event with the name “Orion” included in its title must include one of the island’s most favorite beverages, and will be available in either the canned or draft varieties. Additionally, Regular, Dark and Aroma Beer can be enjoyed in draft and Pilsener Beer (medium size) at beer booths.

Gates will open at 4 p.m. and close at 9 p.m. on Saturday and open at 2 p.m. and close at 9 p.m. on Sunday.

Since parking is very limited, organizers strongly suggest that people use public transportation to and from the festival grounds. They also remind people be careful not to drink and drive.

“Orion Beer Fiesta '99” also will be held August 28-29 at Koza Athletic Park in Okinawa City. Check out that one as well.

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