Yass hosts community 2019 New Year's Eve celebrations

COUNTDOWN: Sydney fireworks will be broadcast at 9pm and midnight at New Year's Eve celebrations at Yass Showground. Photo: Jonas Von Werne, generic
COUNTDOWN: Sydney fireworks will be broadcast at 9pm and midnight at New Year's Eve celebrations at Yass Showground. Photo: Jonas Von Werne, generic

For the first time in about 17 years, Yass will have its own New Year's Eve celebrations in 2019.

Yass Valley SPIN (Supporting People in Need) Foundation has organised live music and a local DJ, line dancing, jumping castle, laser light show, face painting, glow sticks, barbecue and markets at Yass Showground on December 31.

Sydney fireworks will also be broadcast on a big screen at 9pm and midnight.

Everyone is invited to bring a picnic and the event is BYO alcohol, although glass is strictly prohibited.

Gates will open at 6.30pm and close at 9pm to ensure the celebrations remain family-friendly.

Entry is $5 per person and $20 for a family of five. Free parking will be available at the showground.

Some of the proceeds will go to SPIN Foundation, however, the charity said it isn't holding the event for that purpose.

Organisers said the NYE celebrations are for the community and have made sure everything inside the showground - except for food - is free.

This wouldn't have been possible without Complete Civil owner Anthony Barrie agreeing to sponsor the event, the charity's spokesperson and publicity officer Barry O'Mara said.

The long-term sponsor of local sporting events put his hand in his pocket to make sure the community had a NYE event after many years of requests.

"Anthony came on board out of the goodness of his heart. He has always been willing to back community events and when he heard about SPIN Foundation he wanted to be involved," Mr O'Mara said.

The last community NYE event was in 2002 in the main street of Yass, according to former Yass Valley mayor Nic Carmody.

It was hosted then and in previous years by Yass Valley Council's Development Corporation, but stopped due to policing and insurance issues.

Yass residents often ask if there is a local NYE event outside of those at the town's pubs and restaurants and many travel to Canberra.

"The idea came from the community," SPIN Foundation vice president Donna Luff said.

"We wanted to bring the community together and give families something to do on NYE," Mr O'Mara said.

SPIN Foundation is looking for market and food stallholders.

Contact SPIN Foundation or find more event details here.

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