Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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December 29, 2013

Lemon Drop, Downtown Countdown to ring in new year

BLUEFIELD — Bluefield and Princeton will usher in 2014 with downtown New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Bluefield will host the first ever “Lemon Drop” Tuesday on Raleigh Street. The city of Princeton will hold a ball drop as part of a Downtown Countdown celebration on Mercer Street.

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

“The lemon is approximately eight foot in size and is covered in hundreds of lights and will be hoisted 85 feet in the air,” City Manager Jim Ferguson said.

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

“The Bluefield Preservation Society has worked hard to bring people into downtown Bluefield and this is just another great event that they have put together,” Ferguson said.

The Princeton Renaissance Project will hold their first ball drop at Dick Copeland Town Square on Mercer Street.

The Princeton celebration will culminate with a ball drop and a fireworks display that are sponsored by Ramey Toyota.

“We are very excited for this event and hope that everyone will come out and celebrate with us,” Princeton City Manager Elke Doom said.

The celebration in Princeton will include music, vendors, hot dogs and hamburgers, finger food and other snacks.

Three different bands also will perform throughout 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. We’ve priced it for a family event. It’s $15 for adults, $10 for a student of any kind, and for 10 and under it is free. We want people to come downtown and enjoy a really good time.”

The celebration in Princeton will start at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Community Connections and Cheap Thrills, and also at the door Tuesday.

— Contact Anne Elgin at aelgin@bdtonline.com

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