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Liberation Festival begins today

Posted: Jul 11, 2018 4:25 PM Updated:

Rain or shine, and despite protest earlier this year from Village Mayor's stern message that without gambling they won't sponsor the carnival - the Liberation Festival is a go.

The crowds are gathering at Chamorro village for the weekly night market, today they get a bonus, cause it's the first day of this year's Liberation Festival. Earlier today we spoke with one vendor, as enticing signs make Marisol Malumay's set up for Sip N'Dip, hard to miss. "We sell fruit juices, we have the mangonada, which is one of our hits for the Micronesia Island Fair. We are going to offer here again, we have the fish bowl, sweet bowl, lobster bowl, you name it, calamari which is one of our popular," said Malumay.

Sip N' Dip is just one of nearly 30 vendors participating. This year's festival is spearheaded by the Governor's office, the committee headed by GIAA Executive Director and GVB. This comes after Mayor's said they won't host the event if games of chance were not allowed.

In past years, games of chance like color games, and beto-beto were a major source of revenue at the Carnival. This time last year, all gambling was banned, and Mayors say it was the worst carnival in Guam's history, with little turnout, and lost revenue.

Vendors hopeful this year is more successful, with Malumay saying when asked if she's expecting a lot of people to come this year, "We are expecting, we are very positive that it's different this year we are very hoping that they will come over."

The fun doesn't stop here, festival goers can cross the street to the Guam Museum which is staying open late until 7pm. The Liberation Festival opens daily until the Sunday after Liberation, July 22nd.

Though closed on Liberation Day itself you can expect the parade to go off with a bang, the fireworks show is one you won't want to miss.

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