Jellico New Year Celebration set for Monday

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By Beth Braden

Veterans park might look like Times Square when the town converges on it for the third annual New Years Rock ‘n’ Eve on Monday night.

“Everybody wants to go out on New Years Eve,” said Doris Stiers, one of the event organizers.

The electric company is going to erect a pole for Jellico to drop a ball at midnight. 

Besides the midnight countdown, DJ Brian Voyles, also known as “Killer B,” will spin the top 100 musical hits for attendees.

“It’s a night where everyone can have a good time,” Stiers said.

Organizers estimate that 3,000 people attended the event last year, including many visitors from Kentucky and surrounding counties.

Stiers says the event helps keep people off the roads late at night when returning from parties in Knoxville.

Businesses and area youth groups will be on hand as food vendors.

There will be pizza, hotdogs, hamburgers and funnel cake, plus many other treats for sale.

Admission is free.

There will also be party hats, noisemakers and fireworks as well, Stiers said.

While snowfall will not deter the party, rain could move it indoors to the Jellico Civic Center if necessary.

“People in New York [Times Square] don’t run indoors,” Stiers said.

The bash begins at 8 p.m. and will last until midnight.