Celebration held in Erwin for Survivor runner-up Gavin Whitson

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. 

SEE ALSO: Gavin Whitson returns to Tri-Cities after competing on ‘Survivor’

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