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Prost to Germanys biggest bierfest

By: Bill Charles

Date Posted: 2004-10-14

“Ein prosit, ein prosit” starts the toast at every Oktoberfest Germany bier festival.

On Okinawa, Oktoberfest comes this weekend.

What began as a royal wedding reception more than a century ago has become the country’s biggest annual bier festival, attracting more than six million party-goers to Bavaria alone. More importantly, the festival’s popularity has spread worldwide.

Oktoberfest Okinawa style takes place Saturday and Sunday at the Camp Foster Open House. The festivities run 3pm to midnite Saturday, and 1pm to 10pm Sunday. Attendance is free, and gates are open to everyone islandwide.

The Oktoberfest takes place at the Camp Foster Parade Deck, where there’ll be many game booths, amusement rides, a Kiddie Land, and cultural foods from around the world.

And, of course, bier.

AFN radio’s Wave89 disc jockeys will open Oktoberfest with a live broadcast Saturday afternoon. They’ll be giving away 15 keys during the remote broadcast, one of which will start a Suzuki Escudo filled with prizes donated by MCCS, Tsunami Gear, BC Used Cars, and AFN.

United Airlines and Omega World Travel, together with MCCS, will be giving away free roundtrip tickets to the United States for lucky winners. The drawings are open to SOFA status personnel who stop and register at the United Airlines/Omega World Travel booth.

Entertainment headliners include the modern alternative rock sounds of national rock bands Plunge and SR-71. There’s also salsa and Latin Funk from Escovedo Project. Armed Forces Entertainment and MCCS are teamed up to bring top rated entertainers to the festival, which also includes the group Soul’d Out.

Additional information is available from MCCS Okinawa Special Events, 636-3551.

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