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“For our small town, this is pretty cool,” said Mike Lowrey, the committee president. “We’re really excited, fireworks just add a special feeling. It should be a good evening.”
There’s also a feeling of satisfaction the Ball Drop has lasted. It began a decade ago as part of a bicentennial event and was designed to be a one-and-done.
The Heritage of Flight Committee saw a good thing and didn’t want it to end and picked up the responsibilities, helping raise the funds to put it on by sponsorships.
Lowrey has special memories of that first year and the changes and improvements made since, especially the addition of the 7.5-foot, 200-pound aluminum ball that comes down a crane to usher in each new year. He extended thanks to Bobo Construction for the use of its crane to drop it.
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Other attractions will include popular attractions such as ice sculpting on site, horse-drawn carriage rides, food and downtown shops will also be open late. An added feature will be ceramic coffee mugs marking the occasion and gift cards given away through a raffle every 10 minutes or so from the main stage.
Lowrey sees this as just the first decade completed of many to come as long as the people enjoy it.
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“We’ve been a growing tradition where everything’s free except for food and family-friendly,” he said. “We’re not New York or Chicago, but we can make it the biggest thing we can for anybody who wants to come out.”
HOW TO GO
What: New Carlisle New Year's Eve Ball Drop
Where: Main and Washington streets, downtown New Carlisle
When: Tuesday, Dec. 31, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
More info: www.facebook.com/NewCarlisleHeritageofFlightFestivall