The 2016 Liberation Day committee is now accepting applications from individuals or groups that would want to put up concession stands for this year’s carnival, which opens on June 10 at the Garapan Fishing Base across Kristo Rai church.
Application forms can be picked up at the Saipan Mayor’s Office from 7:30am to 4:30am from Mondays through Fridays except holidays or at www.saipanmayornet or at the Skywalker Communications Group office at the Marianas Business Plaza.
The committee is encouraging interested vendors to start applying in order to at least reserve their place since spots are limited this year. The participants, after receiving the application, must review the regulations that can be found on the second page.
Rates for this year’s booths are $1,200 for food and non-alcoholic beverages; $885 each for carnival booth games, souvenirs, and retailers; $706 for arts and crafts; and $150 for food cart vendors.
The deadline for the submission of application is on May 19, while the committee will hold an orientation on June 4.
The committee, along with representatives from Skywalker Communications, since early this year, has been working double time to make sure this year’s celebration would run smoothly and without a hitch.
Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang said they need to further plan on the festivities with only less than three months left before the actual celebration. “We need to get things going. We got a lot more planning to do and time is running short.”
“We need to coordinate everything to know the preparations for the Liberation Day. We need to make sure everything is okay. We need to have more solid answers on everything in future meetings so people are aware of our preparation.”
Apatang added that they wanted to make sure that they are on top of things with their preparation especially with a lot of events are taking place in the next two months. The Flame Tree Arts Festival opens today, while the Taste of the Marianas is set for next month.
He said the committee needs all the help from its members and to all individuals who are involved in planning and organizing the 2016 Liberation Day Festival.
One way of informing the public, aside from regular stories published in the newspapers, is to go to radio stations like KKMP to announce and give updates of their preparations. “Everybody listens to the radio in the morning while going to work. We can make arrangements if ever.”
“Let’s move forward in planning the festival. We’re making sure the celebration is better this year. Hopefully we won’t experience last year where we put up the tents only to take them down due to bad weather.”