People turned out in Erwin on Friday night to celebrate a hometown reality television star.
Gavin Whitson, an Erwin-native, was the runner-up on this season of the CBS reality show Survivor: Edge of Extinction.
Whitson signed autographs and posed for photos at Gathering Place Park.
Steel Rails Coffee in Erwin even recently named a drink after Whitson, calling it the Survivor Pina Colada. It’s served hot, iced, or frozen.
News Channel 11 spoke with Whitson when he returned home about a couple of weeks ago.
“Even though Fuji was a beautiful location, I couldn’t be happier to be back in the Tri-Cities,” Whitson said.