HANFORD — Despite having a year to plan for it, the last week of December tends to turn into a mad dash to decide what to do on New Year’s Eve.
That doesn’t need to be the case in Hanford, according to Rick Singleton, director of operations at local radio stations KFUN and KOOL.
This weekend, classic rock station KFUN hosts its third New Year’s Eve bash at the Hanford Civic Auditorium — where it’s booked for the next three years.
“It’s becoming such a large thing,” Singleton said. “All year long the community gives to us, so we wanted to put on this event for the community. It’s a way for people to enjoy a big blowout event without going to Fresno or Visalia.”
Classic rock station KFUN and oldies station KOOL, found at 92.5FM and 104.5FM respectively, as well as online, have been on the air in Hanford for about three years.
Singleton is grateful that the community has rallied around the nonprofit radio stations and emphasizes the organizations’ desire to want to give back to those fans through events like the New Year’s Eve gala.
The New Year will be rung in the way that music fans have been ringing it in since that fateful episode of the Ed Sullivan show aired — with the music of The Beatles.
Beatleville, a Fresno-based facsimile Fab Four, will perform a tribute set featuring multiple costume changes, ensuring that everyone’s favorite versions of John, Paul, George and Ringo will see some stage time, along with the accompanying timeless hits.
“I played a 25-second clip on the air Thursday and challenged listeners to guess if it was the original Beatles or Beatleville and out of 22 callers, we had one winner. I did it again (Wednesday) and out of 36 callers, we had one winner. That’s how good these guys are,” Singleton said.
Original rock group Renegade IV will open the show. The Valley-based band is returning to the New Year’s Eve gala by popular demand, Singleton said.
“The bands aren’t cheap and the Civic Auditorium isn’t cheap, so we’ve only been able to do this thanks to our great sponsors,” Singleton said.
The celebration, which begins at 7:30 p.m. Sunday and doesn’t stop until well after the ball drops, features a full bar and a $10 dinner buffet featuring chicken Marsala, salad, veggies and dessert.
While tickets to the event are free, they are likely to be gone by the night of the event, with over 600 having already been reserved. Tickets are available at Rock N Roll Deli, 192 W. Seventh St., Hanford, and USA Sports Apparel in the Hanford Mall.
The free tickets are available online at Eventbrite.com, where party-goers can also reserve VIP seating, which comes complete with complimentary champagne at midnight for $20, or reserve an entire table of eight for $150.
The Hanford Civic Auditorium is located at 400 N. Douty St., Hanford. For more information, visit http://kfunradio.com or call 559-639-5925.