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Salisbury's NYE Ball Drop


SALISBURY, Md.- It may not be the ball drop in Times Square, but some people in Downtown Salisbury think this one was just as exciting.

It's the city's first New Year's Eve ball drop, and thousands turned out to see it.
A crane held the ball at least 70 feet in the air.
Unlike the ball in New York, which is made of expensive Waterford crystals, Salisbury's is a little different.

"It's made out of a half-inch conduit. It's welded, and it's also made out of fabric, " said Jamie Heater, one of the organizers for the event.

Families came out in droves to see it.

"It's different. It's really a nice idea," said Claudia Pinto, who came to the Ball Drop with her family. "We cannot be in New York City, but we're going to have a ball come down, so it's exciting."

Pinto and her family have lived in Salisbury for 14 years.
Her son, Benny, is excited about the new tradition.

"It's cool to celebrate New Year's Eve and to see the ball fall," Benny said.

The ball drop took place at the intersection of Saint Peters Street and Main Street. The event ran  from 8 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. Organizers say they are excited to bring the community together.

"Salisbury has never had a ball drop. It's been over a decade since Salisbury had a New Year's Eve," Heater said. " There's a lot of really cool momentum picking up in the Salisbury area. We are glad to be apart of that."

David Wade and his family are glad to be apart of it too.

" Salisbury has a really neat downtown, and anything that encourages and that helps downtown grow and become more active is wonderful," Wade said.

Along with the ball drop were musical acts.

A great way to ring in the New Year.

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