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Community Sparktacular Celebration

Submitted by Marmian Grimes
Phone: 907-474-7902

12/23/08

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The community is invited to visit the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus on New Year's Eve for the Fairbanks Curling Lions 19th annual Sparktacular Celebration. Fireworks will be launched from UAF's West Ridge Wednesday, Dec. 31 at 8 p.m.

University fire and police departments will provide logistical support for the event and will close Thompson Drive from Geist Road to the roundabout at 7 p.m. to provide access for emergency vehicles. The roundabout will remain open.

The areas of Tanana Loop and Yukon Drive near the staging area at the overlook pullout on West Ridge will be closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic at 7 p.m. Motorists will have access the UAF campus from North Tanana Drive, Alumni Drive and Sheep Creek Road.

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.

Midnight Sun Lions
University Chevron
NAPA Auto Parts
American Tire and Auto
Fairbanks Youth Sports
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
Auto Trim Design
Dunlap Insurance Agency
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

CONTACT: Marmian Grimes, UAF public information officer, at 907-474-7778 or via e-mail at marmian.grimes@uaf.edu.

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