The University of Alaska Fairbanks will host the Fairbanks Curling Lions 24th annual Sparktacular Celebration Tuesday, Dec. 31. Fireworks will be launched from UAF’s West Ridge starting 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 7:15 p.m.
Due to construction on campus, access to West Ridge parking lots after 7:15 p.m. will only be available via North Tanana Drive, the back entrance to campus off Farmers Loop. Follow signs from there to reach West Ridge parking areas. 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 when possible as they exit campus parking lots after the event and to watch for signage and emergency personnel 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.
The 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
NAPA Auto Parts
Gas & Diesel Doctor
Fairbanks Youth Sports
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
Dunlap Insurance Agency
Carl’s Jr. of Fairbanks
Sourdough Fuel and Petro Star
Mt. McKinley Bank
Tanana Valley Television Fox 7/CBS 13
Interior Towing and Salvage
Interior NAPA AutoCare Centers
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Dollar Rent A Car