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Flightline Fair beckons Okinawans to Futenma

By: Bill Charles

Date Posted: 2007-08-23

Static displays of the American military's top aircraft and other equipment, entertainment, and even a hotdog eating contest headline this year's Futenma Flightline Fair sponsored by Marine Corps Community Services.

The Futenma Flightline Fair is billed as "the best of the best", running Saturday 3 pm to 10 pm, and Sunday 1 pm to 10 pm. All activities take place on the MCASFutenma flightline.

The Futenma Flightline Fair is an annual event that many, both on and off the bases and camps, look forward to every summer. This yearís festival promises to delight both service members and locals alike with free top-notch entertainment, game booths, amusement rides, Kiddie Land for the children, enough cultural foods to appease the heartiest appetite, and a fireworks display. MCCS organizers say admission is free and open to everyone island-wide, but notes no pets, bottles, outside alcohol, backpacks, or coolers will be allowed on the flightline, the festival grounds.

A Nathanís Hot Dog eating contest makes its debut on Okinawa at this yearís festival. The eating extravaganza will take place at the Futenma Flightline Fair Festival Stage Sunday from 5:30 to 6:10 p.m. A field of 24 competitors will be chosen, and the contestant eating the most hot dogs in 12 minutes wins the grand prizeĀEround trip tickets for two to any United Airlines USA gateway city via Nagoya, Osaka, or Tokyo!

MCCS festivals on Okinawa always feature exciting entertainment for all ages and this yearís Flightline Fair is no exception. This yearís lineup will include DJs spinning and live bands performing a variety of musical genres.

Topping the entertainment list are the Indie-labeled pop rock sounds of LoveSick Radio, the top 40 sounds of Uno-Ani-Mo, nationally renowned Japanese Rock Duo D-51, platinum R&B sensations Ready For The World, and, double-platinum performing Artists Silk.

Sports lovers on the island havenít been left out, with an open arm wrestling and a bench press competition. The Open Bench Press Competition will take place Saturday on the festival grounds. Late registration will be accepted the day of the event from 2 to 3 p.m. for $15 at the event site.

The bench press competition is open to participants island wide. Awards will be given to first, second, and third place winners in each weight class as well as overall male and female. Weigh-ins will be conducted on site from 1 to 2:30 p.m. A participantsí briefing will be held on-site the day of the event at 3:45 p.m. Attendance to the briefing is required for participation.

The Flightline Fest Open Arm Wrestling Competition will also take place on fair grounds on Sunday. Late registration will be accepted the day of the event from 2 to 3 p.m. for $15 at the event site. This event is open to participants island wide. Awards will be given to first, second, and third place winners in each weight class as well as overall male and female.

Weigh-ins will be conducted on site from 1 to 2:30 p.m. A participantsí briefing will be held on-site the day of the event at 3:45 p.m. Attendance to the briefing is required for participation.

One thing that MCCS festival-goers have definitely come to expect over the years are great giveaways and prizes offered every year by generous sponsors. This year, the ever-famous ďPool oí PrizesĒ will be held at the Flightline Fair.

AFN Wave89 will be holding on-air contests before the event to award winners the opportunity to participate in the Pool oí Prizes Names will be drawn at random to choose the remaining participants in the prize pool. The Pool oí Prizes will consist of a kiddie pool filled with water and 1,000 numbered golf balls. Some of these ballsí numbers correspond to some great prizesčsuch as iPods, gift certificates for local restaurants, free massages, a three-night stay at Club Med Kabira Resort on beautiful Ishigaki Island, and more! Contestants will have 89 seconds to dig through the balls to find a prize. When they find a ball with a prize number on it they can either keep that prize or try to pull a different ball in the time remaining which means that they could leave with a better prize or nothing at all.

A few lucky winners can also ďWin Big at the FestĒ just by visiting a few of the sponsor booths to register. At stake are round-trip tickets for TWO to one of three United Airlines USA destinations via Nagoya, Osaka, or Tokyo, a two night three day stay at Club Med Kabira Resort Ishigaki Island and a seating class upgrade aboard United Airlines. All prizes are courtesy of United Airlines, Omega World Travel, Club Med Kabira Bay, and Okinawa Tourist Service. This yearís Flightline Fest is also sponsored in part by Verizon.

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