LINCOLNTON, N.C.––Everyone knows about the big ball that drops every New Year’s Eve in Times Square.
But with local apple orchards being so important to Lincoln County for long generations now, Lincolnton is arguably––in that regard, at least––an even bigger apple than New York City. And local event-planners are now taking a bite out of the Big Apple’s New Year’s Eve tradition. From Times Square to the Court Square, they’re taking a page from said tradition to create what they hope will become a new one here.
According to Laura Morris, the City of Lincolnton’s director of community relations, this Monday, the City will host what is planned to become an annual event. Instead of a ball, folks can watch a large neon apple drop at 7 p.m. This free event will synch up with midnight in London and Greenwich Mean Time.
But the new year will actually start much sooner. The British Commonwealth island of Samoa, situated in the South Pacific Ocean, will usher in 2019 at 5 a.m., our time, Monday. This will be followed by New Zealand an hour later, followed by much of Australia two hours after that.
Here in Lincolnton, events are scheduled for 5-8 p.m. on the south side of the Court Square, as Morris noted. The Cherryville Traditional New Year Shooters will perform a tactical demonstration before the countdown starts.
“This is a family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration that’s early, quick and fun,” said Morris. “We’ll have party supplies, fun, games and music, along with treats, hot chocolate, warm cider and more!”
And she continued that there are also some fundraising aspects for some local worthy causes.
“Please bring non-perishable food for the Christian Ministry of Lincoln County food pantry,” she said. “And don’t forget cat food and blankets for the Lincoln County Animal Services Community Cat Program! Special thanks to the Downtown Development Association for helping us raise funds for these organizations. Your contribution will make an impact, whether you donate $1, $5 or $500. Every little bit helps. Look for the donation link on Facebook. Thank you for your support!”
To learn more, call (704) 735-2671.
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