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KERNERSVILLE BRINGS NEW YEAR'S BASH BACK\ THE SUCCESS OF LAST YEAR'S FESTIVAL PROMPTS OFFICIALS TO TRY FOR A REPEAT.
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KERNERSVILLE BRINGS NEW YEAR'S BASH BACK\ THE SUCCESS OF LAST YEAR'S FESTIVAL PROMPTS OFFICIALS TO TRY FOR A REPEAT.

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Don your mittens and get out your noisemakers if you plan to welcome the New Year downtown on Sunday night.

At 6:30 p.m. Sunday, officials plan to block off parts of West Mountain and Main streets to make room for crowds attending New Year's Eve Streetfest 2000.``It's the Kernersville rendition of the New York City ball-drop,' said Kim Simser, executive director of the Kernersville Downtown Preservation and Development Council.

The council and the Kernersville Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring the free, no-alcohol event.

About 5,000 people attended a similar event last year to celebrate the millennium, Simser said. That was supposed to be a one-time event, but its success prompted organizers to hold another festival this year.

The event starts at 7:30 p.m. and will feature a disc jockey, two stages, several food stands, prize drawings and games. Prizes include a diamond ring, a gold bracelet, a television, two boom boxes and savings bonds.

The Kernersville Community Clergy will hold a nondenominational prayer service from 9 to 10 p.m. at the Main Street Baptist Church, 125 N. Main St.

``It's family friendly,' Simser said. ``It's a good place to bring your children.'

West Mountain Street will be blocked off from Cherry Street to the Chamber of Commerce. Main Street will be blocked from Harmon Lane to the railroad tracks. The streets will open again at 12:30 a.m., and public parking is available by the library.\ \ Contact Kenwyn Caranna at971-3535, or kcaranna@news-record.com

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