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It's that time of the year again for the opening of the annual Liberation Carnival - a time for family and friends to enjoy a variety of food and fun all in celebration of the island's liberation.   

Summer isn't complete without the annual carnival. "We're celebrating our 71st year, we're going to open tonight, about 80% of everything is complete, and we're just waiting on a few more vendors to pass inspections," according to Sinajana mayor and liberation festivities co-chair Robert Hoffman. The carnival at Tiyan is a place for family and friends to have fun and enjoy a variety of food, games and entertainment.

"The rides will be open tonight, the games will be open tonight - we're not going to have entertainment tonight, but that's on purpose because we want everyone to support the Micronesia Fair what's going on there, they put a lot of work in that GVB Is a big sponsor in what we do throughout the whole liberation season so we're doing that," he said.

But more importantly it's also a time to celebrate the island's liberation. This year will mark the 71st anniversary with the theme "The Spirit of Hope, the Colors of Freedom". Hoffman said, "It just recognizes the hope the people had, they just never gave up, and I think that's what's special about the Chamorro people: they never gave up, and they always hoped they would be liberated and freed from the oppression at the time."

And while the island can expect fun for all, what makes the carnival different this year? "Some of the vendors brought in new attractions, we have go-karts, we have some other ride vendors that joined in. I know one more vendor who is actually just waiting for hot rides to arrive and that's the full-sized ferris wheel and the Zipper that everybody remembers," he said.

He adds most of the new rides will arrive later this month. As for the casino, that again will be featured this year and open 24-hours. "Games of chance are all open, they're in full operation. I know the Liberation Historical Society is the one operating and running it, this will be the second year doing that. It actually what's pay for everything- it pays for the parade and the memorials," he said.

The carnival meanwhile will no feature any cockfighting as no vendor has come forward. Mayor Hoffman adds July is also molting season for the chickens. The carnival grounds will also be alcohol free with the exception of the casino. "We want to make the carnival safe for families and you have to really consume it inside the casino areas which is a controlled areas, so you can't walk around with it," he said.

The carnival opens tonight and will last throughout mid-August at the Tiyan carnival grounds in Barrigada. Hours of operation are 6-11pm on weekdays and 6pm to midnight on weekends and holidays. And don't forget to check out the firework show every Sunday at 8pm.

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