By Richard Rourk

The Town of Erwin will ring in the New Year in an explosive manner with the inaugural New Year’s Eve fireworks display.

The fireworks are scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 31, but the community is encouraged to come out and visit downtown early and to stay later.

There will be food trucks available and several businesses will remain open later for the event. Union Street Taproom will remain open following the fireworks so the community can ring in the new year in downtown Erwin. The Union Street Taproom will have the ball drop live on the projector during their New Year’s Eve Party.

The fireworks will be fired off at 7:30 p.m. and local radio station Livewire 103.9 is partnering with Neighborhood Ford to provide a soundtrack to accompany the fireworks.

“I’m excited and the soundtrack is so fun,” CEO and General Manager of JET Broadcasting Corp. Maria True told The Erwin Record.

True said she jumped at the chance to work with the Town of Erwin on the project.

“I feel it’s all about unity with our local businesses,” True said.

The fireworks will be shot off from the Pat E. Brown Memorial Bridge overpass.

“There will be lots of great viewing areas along the Linear Trail, Second Street, Elm Street and throughout downtown Erwin,” Town of Erwin Communications Specialist Jamie Rice told The Erwin Record.

The New Year’s Eve Fireworks may be the first of many in downtown Erwin.

“I have always thought that we should do a fireworks display on New Year’s Eve,” Mayor Doris Hensley had previously said.

If you do come downtown early, the options are vast for fun. While downtown you can enjoy a meal at Choo Choo Cafe or perhaps enjoy a coffee from Steel Rails Coffee House. Capitol Cinemas is a great venue to enjoy the newest movies.

Shops such as Plant Palace, Valley Beautiful Antique Mall, Village Treasures, Chips Thrift Store, Stegall’s Pottery, Union Street Gallery and Baker’s Shoe Repair and Saddle Shop offer unique shopping experiences. You can also plan and host your next event at The Bramble. Other businesses such as Keesecker’s, Liberty Lumber and Computer Guy offer specialty items and services. Roller Pharmacy and Clinchfield Drug Company are also great places to find unique gifts.

The new year will see new businesses open as well as local favorites return. Erwin Outdoor Supply will open its doors for the first time, and NOLI will welcome guests to their brand new restaurant this spring.

What’s the Scoop Ice Cream and Boardgames will return with their frozen treats and board game room. North Ridge Community Church is set to open its doors in the spring at their new location on Main Street.

Union Street Taproom will continue to have Trivia Night every Tuesday evening. Union Street Gallery will continue to host their First Friday Sip and Shop event during the first Friday of each month.

Also returning this spring, the Erwin Cruise-In will once again welcome some of the area’s classic cars to downtown Erwin every Friday night throughout the summer.