Contact: Media contacts: Jane Accurso, 673-8477 or Karen Chandler, 874-6397
Columbia Eve Fest will offer families plenty of fun festivities and high-quality entertainment, starting at 7 p.m. on December 31. The festival continues this year under a new name, but still as a not-for-profit, culturally diverse, alcohol-free, family friendly event for all ages. Enjoy great performances, a silent movie, children's performers and art plus a videology dance party, dance performances and dancing, a children's finale at 7:45 with countdown and grand finale with countdown beginning at 11:30 in the "block party" area of 9th Street between Elm and Locust.
Admission buttons may still be purchased in advance for Columbia Eve Fest. Buttons are available at all Gerbes Supermarkets, the ARC and the Parks and Recreation administrative office, 1 South 7th. Buttons purchased in advance cost $6; advance sales end at 4 p.m. tomorrow (December 31). Buttons can be purchased at the event for $8. Kids 6 and under are free and volunteers will also receive free admission.
Columbia Eve Fest venues will be in the Missouri Theatre, Columbia Art League and the Missouri United Methodist Church. Ninth Street will be closed to traffic, offering an outdoor venue with activities, the Children's Finale and the Grand Finale. The new Food Truck Cafe in the Shakespeare's parking lot will also be available.
Another new addition this year is the New Year's Day music workshops. Details are available at ColumbiaEveFest.com.
Columbia Eve Fest is a non-profit organization and is sponsored by City of Columbia, Columbia Convention and Visitors Tourism Development Program, KPLA 101.5 & KFRU 1400 Radio, KOMU-TV8, NASH FM, Missouri Arts Council (a state agency) and Columbia Parks and Recreation.