The Town of Turner Valley has something special in store to ring in the new year.
With enhanced public health measures due to COVID-19, the Town announced it would not proceed with the annual fireworks show typically held on New Year’s Eve.
Like so many organizations, however, it has turned to technology, pairing up with local radio station, the Eagle 100.9, to deliver a live-streamed online performance via YouTube.
The Diamond Valley Virtual Family New Year’s Eve show, as it is named in the press release, will feature a variety of music, including tunes from Taken by Sanity, as well as contests and prize giveaways.
Residents are encouraged to get involved by sharing videos of their family, dance moves, kids jokes, and New Year’s wishes.
“This was not an easy decision to make, yet it was absolutely necessary,” Mayor Barry Crane said in a press release from the Town.
“Administration researched and considered every possibility to stage the event to safely meet the enhanced public health measures, but in the end, it was not manageable.
“COVID-19 restrictions have forced everyone to shift how they are celebrating New Year’s Eve, While different from what we are used to, I encourage the community to tune in and get involved and have some fun — it’s sure to be good for a laugh and help lift spirits.
“I’m super stoked about this."
The release added that the fireworks will be rescheduled for a future community event.
Crane added in a phone interview that he hopes the event will give a sense of togetherness as people are isolated.
“It’s something that can unite the people that are away from each other during New Year’s in this very special circumstance,” Crane said.
He also hinted that as he’s been known to deliver the odd stand-up comedy performance and will be doing the same on New Year’s with some family-friendly dad jokes.
Monique LeBlanc, community services manager for the Town, said that while the circumstances around COVID-19 are unfortunate, she is excited about the change in format.
“It’s really forced all of us to be a lot more creative, and to start thinking outside of what the traditional event might look like," she said.
The broadcast will be available for viewing on New Year’s on the Town of Turner Valley’s YouTube channel, which can be accessed by clicking here.