By Pfc. Lee Min-hwi (USAG-Yongsan)July 16, 2008
YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea - K-16 Air Base held its annual Summer Festival July 11, treating nearly 800 community members to special entertainment and lots of fun and games for children.
It was a double good time for those who work and live there as the K-16 Community Activities Center joined forces with 2nd Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment, which had originally scheduled its Organizational Day for the same day.
"We decided to come together and combine these events so we could have a great day for everyone to enjoy," said Lt. Col. Matthew Lewis, battalion commander and K-16 senior officer.
The day kicked off with 2-2 Aviantion sports competitions such as dodge ball, volleyball, softball and more. The festival then brought an afternoon of carnival-like entertainment, including Korean singers, belly dance and B-Boyz performances, information and food booths, and games for youth and adults. The contestants in a cross-dressing competition brought plenty of cheers and jeers from the crowd.
"This is a great day and I am glad that I could come and be part of this festival," said one of the Korean singers, Kim Sung-min. "The atmosphere is so energetic and I am really enjoying the day."
Lewis presented certificates of appreciation to some of the Korean performers and to K-16 FMWR employee Lee Yong-woo, who helped organize the festival.
"This was really fun. The belly dancers and B-Boyz were my favorites," said Melissa Pearsall, a K-16 mother of two. "The kids had a blast and a lot of fun. It is very nice that they prepared so many things for kids to do."
Eric Yim, K-16 CAC manager, said the festival was a big success.
Aca,!A"It was the great teamwork. Every community member in K-16 came out to participate and help organize the festival,Aca,!A? he said. Aca,!A"Everyone showed splendid teamwork.Aca,!A?
Yim said he hopes to make future events bigger and better, not just for K-16 community members, but also the local Korean neighbors. Aca,!A"That way, everyone can come out and have a great time together.Aca,!A?