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Liberation Day festivities start on June 29

THE Liberation Day Committee said this year’s nine-day festivities, themed  “Sea to Shining Sea,” will start on June 29 at the Garapan Fishing Base.

In a press conference on Wednesday, Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang said there will be fireworks display, food and non-food vendors, a beer garden, children’s games, nightly entertainment and a raffle draw for the grand prize of $10,000 cash.

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The committee is now accepting applications for float entries. The deadline for the submission of applications is June 16.

 The registration fee is $100 for a competing float, but there is no charge for a non-competing float. The Fourth of July parade will start at 3 p.m.

Apatang said the first prize for the float competition is $4,000; second prize, $3,000; third prize, $2,000; and fourth prize, $3,000.

The committee will provide a lowboy for float participants, he added.

Committee vice chair Matthew Deleon Guerrero said it is their goal to make the festivities enjoyable for  families, children and visitors.

“The committee that we formed this year is incredibly committed and is a solid, hard-working team with lots of experience,” he said. “We are looking forward to an event that can bring the community together and boost our community spirit.”

This year’s theme, “Sea to Shining Sea,” also celebrates the International Year of the Coral Reef and the islands’ oceanic heritage and cultures.

Logistics subcommittee in-charge Shayne Villanueva said they are offering a discounted fee at $500 for food vendors who will register from April 12 to 25.

The application fee is $650 for each food concessionaire starting April 26 until the deadline on May 16.

 No applications will be accepted after the deadline, Villanueva said.

The committee is hoping to have more than 40 vendors for food, non-food including craft and souvenir items, and children’s games, he added.

“We are also planning on designating a community area for the children,” he said, adding that it will include a bouncy castle.

The festival ground will be open from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday to Saturday; and from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday to Thursday.

Mayor Apatang said the island’s sole bingo licensee, Ben Babauta, can operate his number games at the festival ground.

Royal court subcommittee chair Monique Sablan said they have been accepting applications since Wednesday last week.

This year, she said they need nine candidates who are 14-22 years old female, not married, no children, a CNMI resident for at least six months, with good academic standing and of good moral and ethical character.

Sablan said each candidate will sell Liberation Day raffle tickets to raise funds and host other various approved fundraisers.

Twenty percent of the total  ticket sales of the candidates will go to the respective candidates, she added.

Application forms are available at the Saipan mayor’s office website at www.saipanmayor.net.

Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/103621-liberation-day-festivities-start-on-june-29

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