Happy New Year! Celebrate Vermillion will help folks ring in 2001 by M. Jill Karolevitz Food, fanfare, fun, families and fireworks will find a common thread in festivities planned for the community�s 2000 Celebrate Vermillion.
The third annual New Year�s Eve event runs from 7:30 p.m. to midnight at the Coyote Student Center and DakotaDome on Dec. 31.
Celebrate Vermillion will feature fun for all ages, including music, dancing, games, karaoke, food and a special fireworks display at midnight.
The complete schedule is:
Coyote Student Center
Lacotah Marketplace: 7:30 p.m. to midnight � Randy Hammer spins music all night long; Moonwalk/Bouncer for kids.
Charlie�s East: 8 p.m. � New Year�s Dreamers for Kids; 9 p.m. � New Year�s Eve Wish Bags; 10 p.m. � Paper Airplane Making.
Charlie�s West: 8 to 11:45 p.m. � Karaoke with the Sorensen Sisters (Bonnie Sorensen, Emma Drissen and Linda Sorensen) in the �Leopard Lounge.�
Rushmore Rooms: 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. � Kids� Carnival, Face Painting.
Main Lounge: Mini Golf, Ping Pong, Television.
Board Room: Board games available throughout the night.
Hoy A & B: 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. � Bingo.
Frankenfeld A: Card Games.
Frankenfeld B: Bridge Tournament.
Game Room: Free video games and pool throughout the night.
Conference Room: Quiet room for children and parents.
7:30 to 11 p.m. � Bouncy Boxing, Bungee Run, �Let�s Race� Slot-Car Races, Obstacle Course, Pitching Machine, Sports Games; 7:30 to 9 p.m. � Open Swimming; 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. � Sports Skills Contests
Fireworks, presented by Fireworks Unlimited, behind the USD School of Law.
Admission to Celebrate Vermillion is $2. Children under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Celebrate Vermillion is designed to be a family-oriented, alcohol-free and tobacco-free celebration.
�The biggest part of the popularity of this event is that it is for the family and focuses on multi-generational activities,� said Rick Haught, CSC director and a member of the Celebrate Vermillion committee. �When we started planning this event three years ago, we chose a philosophy that everyone who comes will be active, allowing them to create their own schedule throughout the night, rather than just sitting around and being entertained. They can move around and be involved.
�In choosing this year�s agenda for Celebrate Vermillion, we focused on our successes and failures of the past,� Haught continued. �We�re embracing the activities that have done well and chief among them is Randy Hammer. He�s outstanding with an audience and really knows how to get them going. Karaoke with the Sorensen sisters is popular, too, as is the kids� carnival.�
Last year was a first for extending the celebration to the DakotaDome, which will also be a Celebrate Vermillion site this year, along with the Coyote Student Center.
�We wanted something for the teens through early 20s age group and the DakotaDome seemed like a good place for them and activities they could enjoy,� Haught said. �The staff there has been very cooperative in setting things up � there will not be a moment when nothing is happening over there that night.�
A shuttle service will run all night between the CSC and DakotaDome for those who want to participate in all the available activities throughout the celebration. For safety�s sake, a temporary four-way stop will be placed at the intersection of Cherry and Rose streets as traffic moves between the two facilities.
Celebrate Vermillion committee members, in addition to Haught, are Janet Broer, Dan and Gloria Christopherson, Genevieve Evans Taylor, Connie Hanisch, Marlyn Harnois, John Mueller, Les Parry, Tom Schaack, Eric Schoh and Jill Tyler. Corporate sponsors include Gateway, First National Bank, Community First Bank, First National Bank South Dakota, Hy-Vee Food Stores, Polaris, CorTrust Bank, First Dakota National Bank, Wells Fargo and Broadcaster Press.
�We�re really pleased with the way things have come together on this,� Haught said. �Individuals, churches, civic organizations,the city and Clay County have all been very active contributors. Celebrate Vermillion wouldn�t be a success without them and our corporate sponsors who have made this possible from the beginning.�
Participants won�t go away hungry, he added. Popcorn and soda will be provided for free, and hot dogs and taverns will be for sale at The Bump in the CSC, all courtesy of ARAMARK.