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Salisbury to Host NYE Ball Drop

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SALISBURY, Md.- New Year's Eve events are happening across Delmarva, including one in Salisbury.

The city is preparing to ring in a new year with a new tradition. For the first time ever, a New Year's Eve ball drop will happen on the Downtown Plaza.

Business owners in that area are excited about it.

"I think this will be great for businesses because people will be coming down here realizing that there are storefronts down here, and that there is life downtown" said James Lees, a partner of Main Roots Coffee Shop in the downtown area. " It's something that's needed."

Local organizations, businesses and city officials are coordinating the event. It's free and volunteers are running it.

"The entire plaza is going to be a party, so from end to end," said Jake Day, the City Council President. "It's free to everyone. All the shops, restaurants and bars will be open."

The ball drop will take place at the intersection of Saint Peters Street and Main Street. It will run from 8 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. Organizers say a stage will sit at that intersection. A crane will hold the ball three stories high over the stage.

"It's going to be a pretty good size ball," Lees said. "It'll be about five feet in diameter and will be lowered down from a crane."

Lees says the ball was designed by a local artist. It will hang over the stage.

"Hopefully we'll have the projector on it, counting down 10, nine, eight, so people can go with it as we lower the ball," Lees said.  "Also there will be a section that's going to say 'New Years Resolution' for people to sign their name and tag it will #nysby."

Along with the ball drop will be musical acts. Alcohol will be available for purchase.

It's all a part of a new tradition that organizers hope to keep going.

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