New Year's Eve Clashes with Sunday, No Party in Davis County

New Year's Eve Clashes with Sunday, No Party in Davis County


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KAYSVILLE, Utah (AP) -- Hold the noisemakers.

Noting that Dec. 31 is a Sunday, Kaysville and Fruit Heights won't be holding a public New Year's Eve party in Davis County.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the dominant faith, and organizers doubt they could attract people on a Sunday.

"Even if we got the volunteers, we wouldn't get the numbers to attend," said Kaysville Mayor Neka Roundy, who called the decision "perfectly reasonable."

There was no celebration in 2001 when New Year's Eve was on Sunday.

"It's just not going to be happening on Sunday night in our community," Roundy said.

Some residents disagree with the decision. Lynne Rogers said city leaders are assuming everyone shares the same Mormon belief that Sunday is set aside to worship God and rest from labor.

"We're not a small city. We're growing all the time," Rogers said.

There was some discussion about moving the celebration to Saturday, Dec. 30, but that was scratched because it's not New Year's Eve, Roundy said.

"We want to be successful with the programs that we do," she said.

The Downtown Alliance in Salt Lake City will be sponsoring its 14th annual New Year's Eve event at the downtown Gallivan Center from 6 p.m. to midnight.

"We anticipate because it falls on Sunday that attendance is going to be a little bit softer," marketing manager Andrew Wallace said.

He said there would be music and other forms of entertainment. There is an admission fee for people 13 and older.

"Just as much fun in a little smaller package," Wallace said.

------ Information from: Standard-Examiner, http://www.standard.net

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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