Sparktacular Celebration planned at UAF

The University of Alaska Fairbanks will host the Fairbanks Curling Lions’ 26th annual Sparktacular Celebration on Thursday, 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.

The University of Alaska Museum of the North will serve free hot cocoa and cookies, while supplies last, and the snowflake exhibit “Letters from the Sky” will be on view from 6:30-8 p.m. The museum galleries will be open to the public at no charge until 9 p.m.

Alaska Railroad trains travel through the area, so railroad officials request that spectators, both pedestrian and those on snowmachines, remain clear of the 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

Napa Auto Parts

Dunlap Insurance Agency

Mt. McKinley Bank

Sourdough Fuel / Petro Star

Sani-Can Inc.

Interior Towing and Salvage

Napa AutoCare Centers

Gas & Diesel Doctor

Carl’s Jr. of Fairbanks

Fairbanks Youth Sports

Dollar Rent-A-Car

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Tanana Valley Television–Fox 7 and CBS 13

University of Alaska Fairbanks

University Chevron