Coordinated by Robert Adams, chief of the Unicoi Volunteer Fire Department and the pyrotechnics wizard behind Unicoi’s annual July 4th Freedom Fest, Erwin’s half-hour long New Year’s Eve fireworks display will be shot from the Highway 107 railroad overpass and visible from almost anywhere in town.
With sponsorship from Erwin’s Neighborhood Ford dealership, JET Broadcasting Corp. has produced a soundtrack for the show to be broadcast over Livewire Radio 103 FM, also starting at 7:30 p.m.
Several downtown merchants will be open late for the celebration and the Trucky Cheese food truck will be stationed on Union Street to keep the downtown revelers fed.
The event comes in the heels of a Christmas week Nativity Parade through downtown that brought an estimated crowd of 2,500 people Erwin, including guests from several counties in neighboring North Carolina and large contingents from three Johnson City churches.
Jamie Rice, communications specialist for the town, said the popular parade has proved to be a regional draw and town officials are hopeful the same will hold true for the New Year’s Eve celebration.
Among Erwin residents, Rice said, the fireworks have already generated a lot of excitement and watch parties are being planned at homes all over town.
For out-of-town guests, she said, parking will be available throughout the downtown area, at businesses along Second Street and at the Food Lion shopping center on North Main Avenue.
Other recommended viewing sites include spots along the Erwin Linear Trail, the Unicoi County Library on Nolichucky Avenue, Gentry Stadium and Erwin’s Veterans Memorial Park.
While the fireworks are billed as a family friendly event and will be staged early to allow guests to enjoy their own New Year’s Eve traditions later in the evening, the Unicoi Street Tap Room in downtown Erwin will be open after the show for a ball drop watch party on a big-screen TV for guests age 21 and older.
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