OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — The blare of live bands and the smell of Korean food and American burgers and hot dogs will fill the autumn air this weekend.

The fifth annual Korean-American Friendship Festival is set to run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and will be held in the Shinjang Shopping Mall across from the main gate.

Osan Air Base and the Songtan Chamber of Commerce are co-hosting the festival.

Songtan is where the base is situated — about an hour’s drive south of Seoul in Pyeongtaek City.

“This is a huge event in the local community,” Air Force 1st Lt. John Ross, a base spokesman, said Tuesday.

“Last year we had more than 40,000 people here from the local area. It’s a great opportunity for us to interact with the local culture and also share some of our own.”

A parade is to begin Saturday at 2 p.m. from the main gate, along a route that brings it back to where it started.

Parade elements include airmen representing Osan’s 51st Fighter Wing and 7th Air Force, and civic groups from Pyeongtaek City.

Scheduled weekend entertainment includes live performances by Fishbowl 5, a rock band made up of airmen stationed at Osan; Bad Moon, a civilian band that includes at least one contractor from Osan; and South Korean performers, including the Nan-Ta drummers and pop star Hyon-Suk.

Call the 51st Fighter Wing public affairs office at DSN 784-4044 or e-mail for more information.

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