City prepares for New Year's Eve celebration

The finale of the bicentennial celebration events for the county is the New Year's Eve celebration, scheduled for Dec. 31, on Franklin's downtown square.

"This is a great way to end the county's bicentennial and a great way to get started for the city's bicentennial," said Lisa Deavers, chairperson of the bicentennial committee.

Tyrone Dunn and Kinfolk will be performing from 8:30 p.m. until midnight on the Simpson County Courthouse lawn. West Kentucky and College Streets will be closed that night for people to set up tents, chairs or whatever they need to stay warm through the night from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The Franklin-Simpson varsity cheerleaders are hosting a chili supper fundraiser at the Presbyterian Church Cornerstone Building from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Franklin First United Methodist Church will have their Christian Life Center open from 8 p.m. until midnight for a warming center.

"We are also working with Justin Mitchell at Franklin-Simpson Middle School, and his students are, they have been doing a unit on Bicentennial and on time capsules, so they will be collecting items for a time capsule," Deavers said.

The middle school students will be collecting items leading up to that night and from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. that night on the square. They will collect items pertaining to the categories; education, businesses, churches, landmarks, local government, daily life, entertainment and arts, traditions and events.

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The time capsule will be on display in the history center sealed through the city's bicentennial. Deavers said after that they will determine if it will remain on display or be buried.

"It is just something to represent what is going on in our community and our world today," she said.

There will be a baby New Year race, with people wearing the inflatable baby New Year suits, running around the courthouse lawn.

The sponsor for the event, German American Bank, will have a booth set up on the lawn passing out the ingredients for s'mores from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

"There will be barrels with wood fires in them for warming stations, but also as a place for people to roast their marshmallows," Deavers said.

The Simpson County Historical Society will be showing a movie in the new history center from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. and offering an escape room in the old jail. To reserve a time for the escape room, call 270-306-9043.

At 11 p.m. Simpson County Judge/Executive Mason Barnes and City of Franklin Mayor Larry Dixon will be giving a short presentation where Barnes hands a "Bicentennial" torch to the Dixon to kick off the city's upcoming year of celebrations.

"I haven't seen the torch, but I heard there could be an actual torch," Barnes said. "If they trust me and the mayor with fire. We absolutely do not need me and the mayor with a lite torch and a fire because we do not need a reenactment of the courthouse burning down on New Years Eve."

At midnight a ball will drop in the square for everyone to enjoy. Jeremy Loveall and his welding class at the high school are creating the ball, Deavers said.

She suggests that guests dress in layers, bring a portable heater, use hot hands or whatever is needed to stay warm.

"This is our first News Year's Eve celebration downtown and we hope people will come out," Deavers said.

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