E'town to rock in the New Year

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New Year's Eve Bash, 5K dash part of local festivities

By Marty Finley

Sleep is optional this New Year’s Eve in Elizabethtown.

The city plans to ring in 2013 in high fashion, hosting a party on New Year’s Eve that will give way to a 5K (3.1-mile) run or walk to help residents start their resolutions off right just hours later on New Year’s Day.

The city’s Red Carpet New Year’s Eve Party will envelop the Historic State Theater, bringing an end-of-year bash downtown.

Elizabethtown Events Coordinator Sarah Vaughn said the city recognized there are few organized events celebrating the New Year and wanted to remedy that by throwing a party for the city’s residents.

Those attending will be serenaded by live music from local artist Doug Lamb and can sample light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. The cost is $20 per person.

Doors open at 8:30 p.m. with activities starting at 9. A limited number of tickets are available and attendees must be 21 years of age or older, Vaughn said.

The city is encouraging visitors to wear their New Year’s best attire for the occasion, which it has left open to subjectivity. Cab rides can be purchased outside the State Theater for those needing an alternative mode of transportation home, Vaughn said.

Once the clock strikes midnight, fireworks launch from the Elizabethtown Police Department parking lot. Those who do not plan to attend the party but want to view the fireworks can stake out a parking spot at Pritchard Community Center, Vaughn said.

Vaughn has encouraged those awake and alert enough from the night before to travel back downtown for the New Year’s Dash 5K Run-Walk.

Registration starts at 9 a.m. in front of Kerr Office Group on Main Street with the dash beginning at 10 a.m. The cost is $15 in advance or $25 on the day of the race. The dash moves along North Main Street, cutting down numerous side streets as it nears North Mulberry Street. The course then circles back down North Main Street to finish.

First-, second- and third-place prizes will be given for the best times and a best dressed award will be bestowed upon the most creative costume or attire. To be eligible for the best dressed award, participants are encouraged to wear their New Year’s Eve outfit from the night before, a pair of pajamas or a funny hat.

The first 150 to register will receive a free long-sleeved T-shirt but they must register by Wednesday to assure the correct shirt size, according to Vaughn.

Vaughn said both events have received a strong early response.

“A great response really,” she said. “I’ve had a lot of people to call and email me.”

Vaughn said most are grateful for a new option and venue to toast the New Year without traveling out of town. Because of the response, Vaughn believes the New Year’s lineup could be here to stay.

“We believe that it’s an annual event,” she said.

If you go

Tickets to the Red Carpet New Year’s Eve Party at the Historic State Theater can be purchased by calling (270) 765-3759 or the Pritchard Community Center at (270) 765-5551. Participants can register for the 5K Run-Walk by visiting www.active.com or contacting Elizabethtown Events Coordinator Sarah Vaughn at (270) 765-6121. Credit card payments can be made by calling Pritchard Community Center.

Marty Finley can be reached at (270) 505-1762 or mfinley@thenewsenterprise.com.