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Megumi Aharen, left, and Nana Miyagi perform a traditional Okinawan dance Friday as part of the U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa Sanshin Group at the hospital's Okinawa Heritage Appreciation on Camp Lester.
Megumi Aharen, left, and Nana Miyagi perform a traditional Okinawan dance Friday as part of the U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa Sanshin Group at the hospital's Okinawa Heritage Appreciation on Camp Lester. (Cindy Fisher / S&S)
Megumi Aharen, left, and Nana Miyagi perform a traditional Okinawan dance Friday as part of the U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa Sanshin Group at the hospital's Okinawa Heritage Appreciation on Camp Lester.
Megumi Aharen, left, and Nana Miyagi perform a traditional Okinawan dance Friday as part of the U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa Sanshin Group at the hospital's Okinawa Heritage Appreciation on Camp Lester. (Cindy Fisher / S&S)
Capt. B.S. Dawson, U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa commanding officer, attempts an Okinawan dance called the potato dance under the guidance of instructor Sachiko Kishimoto.
Capt. B.S. Dawson, U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa commanding officer, attempts an Okinawan dance called the potato dance under the guidance of instructor Sachiko Kishimoto. (Cindy Fisher / S&S)

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION FUTENMA, Okinawa — Umbrellas of every hue and design were on display Saturday at the Futenma Flightline Festival on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.

Despite the constant rain, which ranged from a light drizzle to a heavy downpour, the annual festival still managed to draw a steady stream of Americans and Okinawans throughout the day.

Games were popular, as were food booths and the aircraft displays — all venues with an overhang.

Kiddie Land and most other rides were soggy from rain and empty of kids. Yet many were determined to have fun anyway.

Cpl. Bryan Adkins, 21, from Yuma, Ariz., said he came despite the rain, because he “wanted to play some games. I haven’t been to a fair in a long time.”

Tatjana O’Steen, 18, admitted she attended out of family obligation; she had to help her mother set up the Navy Federal Credit Union booth.

As she shivered from the damp chill, she vowed that the rain wasn’t going to stop the fun for her.

For the Callahan family, the steady rain was a surprise.

“It wasn’t that bad when we left,” Gunnery Sgt. Charles Callahan said.

But after a few games, they were ready to call it quits and head for the exit.

The festival was scheduled to end Sunday.

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