Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

December 31, 2013

Countdown to 2014: Ball drops for Bluefield, Princeton

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

— — Looking for a fun and appropriate way to greet the new year? Downtown celebrations are planned tonight in both Bluefield and Princeton with corresponding ball drops, food and fireworks. It should be a great way for folks across the region to say farewell to 2013 while ushering in 2014.

Bluefield will host the first ever Lemon Drop beginning tonight at 9 p.m. on Raleigh Street. The city of Princeton will hold a ball drop as part of its Downtown Countdown celebration on Mercer Street beginning at 8 p.m.

In Bluefield, the city’s first Lemon Drop will include a DJ, street festivities and the drop of a large ball resembling a lemon at midnight to ring in the new year.

The lemon itself is approximately eight feet in length and is covered in hundreds of lights, according to Bluefield City Manager Jim Ferguson. It will be hoisted 85 feet in the air and then be released to coincide with the final seconds of 2013 and the arrival of 2014.

The Bluefield celebration will start around 9 p.m. and end sometime after the ball drops at midnight.

Ferguson correctly credits the volunteer members of the Bluefield Preservation Society for helping to coordinate tonight’s celebration. The lemon drop is another way to attract visitors to the city’s historic downtown area.

The Downtown Countdown celebration in Princeton is being coordinated by the volunteer members of the Princeton Renaissance Project — a group that has been busy in recent weeks making a positive difference in downtown Princeton. The Princeton celebration will be held at Copeland Square on Mercer Street. It will culminate with a ball drop and a fireworks display sponsored by Ramey Toyota.

The celebration in Princeton will include music, vendors, hot dogs and hamburgers, finger food and other snacks. Three different bands also will perform during the night.

“We are extraordinarily excited about having the ball drop downtown and having a fireworks celebration that has never been done,” Greg Puckett, executive director of Community Connections and a member of the Princeton Renaissance Project, said. “I think that in itself will draw a lot of attention and effort. This is a family event. We will not be serving any alcohol on the premises.”

The volunteers in Bluefield and Princeton who have scheduled tonight’s celebrations are to be applauded for their efforts. Both activities are welcomed events for the region. If you are looking for something to do tonight, please consider the festivities in both Bluefield and Princeton. Come out and show your support tonight for these worthwhile events.

Let’s greet 2014 on a positive and fun note.

Happy New Year!