Welcoming the new year may just seem like another day to some. But others like to celebrate in some form or fashion. Families with children and those who choose not to partake in alcohol related events have somewhere to go this New Year’s Eve.

First Night Ada is a non-alcoholic, family-oriented event to celebrate the new year. This year, the event will begin at 6 p.m. on East Central University campus. Activities range from live performances to Battle of the Bands, children’s activities and a magician.

This year, Battle of the Bands is expected to bring a large crowd due to the local performers competing for a cash prize. Also, Domino’s is said to be in the area serving small pizzas for $4 and drinks for only $1.

Shawna Russell, a recording artist from Okemah, will perform twice that night. The McSwingers will also be performing a 50s and 60s show.

Chris Capstone, a magician who mystified adults and children alike last year, will return to perform even more slight of the hand movements.

Instead of fireworks, a laser light show will dazzle the crowd. A significant part of First Night Ada is the event will kick-off ECU’s centennial celebration that will last until the next New Year’s Eve.

Last year, cost to enter was $10 prior to and $15 on the night of the event. This year, the event will be free. Absolutely no cost except for food and drink. Food will be provided by local restaurants from $4 to $7. Beverages, the non-alcoholic kind, will only be $1.

Again, this is a family-oriented, non-alcoholic event. Celebrate the ending of one year and the beginning of the next in style, with your family and in a non-violent atmosphere. Join many others on East Central University campus from 6 p.m. to midnight Dec. 31, 2008.

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