No solstice fireworks in Fairbanks this year

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Posted: Dec 18, 2011 4:03 PM
No solstice fireworks in Fairbanks this year

Plans for a solstice fireworks show in downtown Fairbanks have been scrapped this year.

Downtown representatives say the change is part of a shift toward a longer holiday event.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ( http://bit.ly/uHb8PX) says the Downtown Association of Fairbanks decided to overhaul the one-day solstice festival this year into a three-week event.

The "21 Days of Solstice" promotion kicked off Dec. 1 and runs through Wednesday. It's part of an effort to attract people downtown for a longer time.

Association spokeswoman Amy Nordrum says some residents have complained about the shift away from solstice-day fireworks.

Nordrum says that despite the extra solstice-day traffic downtown, the old event didn't translate into better sales area merchants.

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Information from: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com