Liberation Carnival set for two weeks in July, committee confirms

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Guam – Plans for the Liberation Day Carnival are being made, and the committee is looking to follow the same footprint at the Chamorro Village as the Micronesian Island Fair with the addition of activities at the Guam Museum.

According to Committee Chairperson Chuck Ada, the carnival will take place during a two-week period — from July 11 to the 25 — starting and ending on Wednesdays to take advantage of the foot traffic garnered by the Wednesday Night Markets.

Ada says they’ll be utilizing the stage for entertainment, there’ll be bingo at the Chamorro Village Center Court as well as food trucks available nightly. In addition, the operator of the Panic Room will have activities outside a designated area of the Guam Museum, and they’ll have a beer garden at the Chamorro Village area.

Ada says because of the ban on the usual carnival offerings such as games of chance, vendors have been a little wary of committing to the event. And so they’ve had to think outside of the box.

The committee will be sending out a letter this week to the heads of DOE, DoDEA and private schools, offering them the opportunity to set up shop at one of the FestPac huts to hold games, retail, or fundraising activities to support their student organizations. He says the schools haven’t fully bought into this idea either, but the committee is hopeful that the huts will be filled come July 11.

As was the case with the Mayor’s Council, Ada says without the games of chance, the likelihood of the carnival being a revenue generator is low. He says the only income they’ll have to pay for services such as entertainment, security, porta potties and daily waste management will be from bingo, the beer garden, and maybe the selling of the main stage to performers.

He says they’re not charging vendors to be there, rather they’re asking that they help pay for those basic services, adding that this isn’t going to be the same Liberation Carnival people have gotten used to for the past 73 years.

Despite all that, Ada says one staple will remain — a fireworks show is scheduled for July 21.