New Years ‘Star Rising’ planned for Archer Park

by Jackson Latta

PRESTONSBURG – The city of Prestonsburg aims to begin its own New Years tradition this week as it invites the community to Archer Park for the very first New Years Star Rising.

During Monday’s Prestonsburg City Council Mayor Les Stapleton says that event will take place at Archer Park new Years Eve, and that all of the concessions and Christmas lights will remain in place for the evenings festivities.

Stapleton says that the city is calling their event the “Star Rising” because Prestonburg is the “Star City” of Eastern Kentucky, so named because of the five major thoroughfares which enter the city.

“Instead of a ball drop; or you know New York has a ball drop everybody has a thing,” said Stapleton. “We’re going to raise the level. Were going to raise the bar on things.”

Mayor Stapleton says that the event will be free to the public and family oriented. The event will conclude at Midnight with a fire works display.

“We welcome anybody to come out and ring in the new year with us.”

According to the Prestonsburg City Council,. more than 40,000 cars have passed through Archer Park since the Christmas lights went up this season. Stapleton said at least one person drove 120 miles one way to see the light exhibit. Park officials reported that 2800 cars went through the park on Christmas eve.

by Jackson Latta

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