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Posted: Saturday, October 29, 2005 7:45 am | Updated: 9:20 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Gilbert seeks entertainers of all ages and talents to perform at its annual New Year’s Eve Bash to be held, for the first time, at the McQueen Park Activity Center.

Mayor Steve Berman started the alcohol- and tobacco-free event four years ago to offer families a safe and fun alternative to the customary adult-oriented New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Performers of all kinds and ages are being asked to audition, including dance instructors who could give group lessons at the event. Elvis Presley impersonators are encouraged to show up to enter a contest. Bands, singers, comedians, dancers or anyone with talent can send in demonstration tapes and an application.

"There have been all kinds of entertainers,’’ said Bill Montgomery, Community Activities Board member. "We’ve had a Ms. Arizona, various children’s singing groups, duets and a singing cowboy group called Pioneer Pepper and the Sunset Pioneers.’’

Deadline for application submission is Tuesday, and the entertainment lineup will be announced Nov. 16.

In the past, parties were held at Gilbert High School and attracted somewhere between 1,200 and 1,500 people. However, with the new venue the board anticipates an even larger turnout this year.

"This is the first time we’ve been able to have dancing," Jackson said. "We really want to create a more festive atmosphere this year.’’

To apply

• Call Pam Jackson at (480) 963-7003 or the McQueen Park Activity Center at (480) 503-6294.

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