Sparkling New Year’s Eve lined up for Merimbula

The Merimbula Chamber of Commerce has planned a fantastic evening of celebration with music and fireworks for New Year’s Eve.

The well-known family event will follow a similar format to previous years with the concert and fireworks at Ford Oval. This year’s celebration will be called Power FM’s Fire in the Sky and will include a great line-up of local talent.

Natalie Godward, president of the Merimbula Chamber of Commerce said: “We’ve decided to start this year’s event early at 5pm so that families can settle in with kids’ entertainment before the live music begins at 6.30pm. We’re very excited to be showcasing our local talent this year – visitors and locals alike will not be disappointed.”

Families are encouraged to get down to Ford Oval from 5pm to make the most of the family entertainment which will include magic acts, clowns, jumping castle, face painting and children’s performances.

The first local live music act will be Andy O’Donnell and the Figmentz kicking off at 6.30pm. Following this performance at 8pm another local band The Blue Havanaz will play until 11pm with a break for the 9.30pm fireworks show.

Music will continue until the finale fireworks take place at midnight. The fireworks for the 2013 event are being sponsored by the Bega Valley Shire Council and Power FM.

This year’s event will again see police presence in record numbers so locals and visitors can be assured not only a fun and entertaining New Year’s celebration but a safe one as well. The summer night bus will not operate this year so attendees who may have used the bus in past will need to make other arrangements.

Entertainment on night is: 5:00pm The MessUps Puppets 5:30pm Sam McMahon on guitar 6:00pm The MessUps Puppets 6:30pm Andy O'Donnell & The Figmentz 8:00pm The Blue Havanaz 9:30pm Power FM's Fire in the Sky fireworks show 9:45pm The Blue Havanaz Midnight  Power FM's Fire in the Sky fireworks show There will be jumping castles (1 for kids and 1 for adults!), face painting, fire hoola hoop demonstrations and a balloon making clown. Mrs Godward said: "We are very excited about this year's event, we have a completely local lineup of music, unprecedented amount of food stalls and entertainment for all ages. The large police presences will ensure a safe night for all."

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