With the annual festivity in its 12th year, Garner said anyone and everyone throughout Northwest Georgia seeking an alternative type of celebration is welcome to attend the free event. The party begins at 8 p.m. and there will be entertainment and tons of free food as well as prizes.
“Everybody’s welcome to come bring their families and their kids; it’s for all age groups,” Garner said. “We’ve got different things going on. There will be singing and drama and there will be free food and prizes that will be given away.”
The food, she said, is being supplied by the North Rome Church of God, and there’s plenty to go around. The beverages are provided by Pepsi Cola, and the corporation has given the drinks every single year.
Garner said she was immensely grateful for the support and donation of the various sponsors providing prizes for the celebration. Besides Pepsi Cola, sponsors include Applebee’s, Chik-fil-A, Provino’s, Captain D’s, Heaven’s Attic, Bert Brooks Tire, Olive Garden, and Steak and Shake.
She said she tells the owners of the establishments that patrons throughout the area frequent their businesses all year long, so now it’s time to give back to the community.
“Last year, I had like 80 gifts from all over town,” she said.
People come and go to the celebration, which she insisted was casual.
“We probably have between 900 to 1,000 people come there throughout the night,” Garner said. “Some of the older people that come out, they don’t like to be on the roads late. They may come and stay the first half, and then they come home.”
“Then there may be another group that comes and stay there, and then a whole new group comes in during intermission,” she continued. “They eat and spend the rest of the night out, and we ring in the new year. People come and go, it’s really nonchalant.”
Garner said those who may be hopping from one place to another as they hit several parties are welcome to stop by.
“Some people will stay for only an hour, and some people will stay the entire time,” she said. “We have a great turnout every year. We offer it through our ministry, and it’s great. It’s hard work; it will be a 16-hour day for my family to pull this off, but it’s worth it.”
She emphasized the family-friendly event is a great option for those not looking to drink alcohol.
“It’s a good alternative for New Year’s for families,” she said. “You don’t have to worry about safety, or anything you might get yourself into. Come just as you are and stay as long as you want. People always leave excited.”