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Last Night Fayetteville

Nathan Gibson, 2; (from left) Elliot Gibson, 6; and Addie Gibson, 5; all from Denver, inspect a pig wrapped in lights Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, that is used to ring in the new year during the fifth annual Last Night Fayetteville celebration on the town’s square. The celebration featured music and performances for all ages on 11 stages leading up to the Hog Drop and fireworks at midnight. Visit to see more photographs from the event.

The New Year’s Eve celebration in Fayetteville has taken many different forms over the years. For several years it was First Night Fayetteville, a family-friendly¬†event with a strong emphasis on the arts and music. Five years ago, Last Night Fayetteville started in the void created with the end of First Night. It has less of an emphasis on children and seems to appeal to all generations with music and activities.

The most interesting display was a structure sitting in front of the town center which visitors could write upon and light candles in, presumably making wishes for the new year.

About Andy Shupe

Andy Shupe was born at Pensacola Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Fla., before moving to Berea, Ky., where he grew up. After graduating from Berea College with a degree in biology in 1993, Andy moved to Fayetteville and began working for the Northwest Arkansas Times as a clever ploy to enable him to see his beloved Kentucky Wildcats play basketball. In addition to photography, Andy enjoys baseball, working on old cars and marveling at how old that makes him sound.