Fired up for New Year's Eve

BIGGER and better. That is the promise for tonight’s  $20,000 New Year’s Eve fireworks spectacular at Waratah Sportsground.

While live music, a jumping castle and kids’ rides will keep the crowds entertained, the fireworks display is expected to be the highlight of the McCormack Barber’s Party Under the Stars.

Sunset Fireworks owner Eric Croker is the man behind tonight’s fireworks display and says it will be bigger and better than any nearby cities.

Five days work went into choreographing tonight’s display, with explosions synced perfectly in time with music.

“It’s twice the size of Bathurst and twice the budget for a start,” Mr Croker said.

“There’s six inch Willow Shells that are pretty cool and last in the sky for about 10 seconds.

“There will be a lot of different elements in the show.”

Mr Croker encourages people to set up their picnic rug on the sportsground in order to get the best view.

Fireworks will be launched from 10 separate areas around the sportsground.

“Come down early with your family. It’s going to be a good family event,” Mr Croker said.

“This show is certainly going to be the best.”

Organisers expect about 5000 people to attend the alcohol-free, family-friendly event.

The live music line-up includes the Groove Alternative, duo Pat and Kellie O’Donnell, Elephant Gerald and XFactor participants PreDestined.

Food vendors will be on-site, however, families are encouraged to bring along their own picnic.

Gates open at 5pm and the fireworks will commence at 9pm.

Entry is by gold coin donation, with all funds raised going towards Orange Health Service.

nadine.morton@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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