Community invited to Sparktacular Celebration

UAF photo by Todd Paris Fireworks light up the sky above UAF's West Ridge during the annual New Year's Eve Sparktacular.
UAF photo by Todd Paris
Fireworks light up the sky above UAF’s West Ridge during the annual New Year’s Eve Sparktacular.
Marmian Grimes

The community is invited to visit the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus on New Year’s Eve for the Fairbanks Curling Lions 23nd annual Sparktacular Celebration. Fireworks will be launched from UAF’s West Ridge Monday, Dec. 31 at 8 p.m.

University fire and police departments will provide logistical support for the event and will close roads and ski trails near the staging area at 7:30 p.m.

Both Thompson Drive and West Tanana Drive will be open to vehicle and pedestrian traffic. The UAF Police Department is also encouraging drivers to turn right as they exit campus parking lots after the event. Visit for a complete map of open and closed areas. Watch for signs and emergency personnel on the day of the event for additional guidance.

The University of Alaska Museum of the North will serve free hot cocoa and cookies, while supplies last. The museum galleries will be open to the public at no charge from 7-9 p.m.

Alaska Railroad trains travel through the area between 7:30 and 9 p.m. Alaska Railroad officials request that spectators, both pedestrian and those on snowmachines, remain clear of the railroad tracks for safety reasons.

sparktacularevent2012The Sparktacular event is organized by Mike Thomas, owner of University Chevron, and is sponsored by the following Fairbanks community groups and businesses:

Fairbanks Curling Lions
Midnight Sun Lions
University Chevron
NAPA Auto Parts
Gas & Diesel Doctor
Fairbanks Youth Sports
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
Dunlap Insurance Agency
Carl’s Jr.
Sourdough Fuel and Petro Star
Mt. McKinley Bank
Tanana Valley Television Fox 7/CBS 13
Sani-Can of Fairbanks
Interior Towing and Salvage
Interior NAPA AutoCare Centers
University of Alaska Fairbanks
The Hair’em
Dollar Rent-A-Car of Fairbanks

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