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A few reasons to go to this hometown New Year’s ball drop celebration

NEW CARLISLE – “Drop and give me 2018” could be the catchphrase for Dec. 31. That’s when midnight at the area’s version of Times Square sees a 7.5-foot, 200-pound aluminum ball travel 90 feet to signal a new year.

The ninth version of the New Carlisle New Year’s Eve Ball Drop will be 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31 to 12:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 1 downtown, with the action centered on Main and Washington Streets.

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The free and family-friendly event is presented by the Heritage of Flight Festival Committee.

Committee president Mike Lowrey said this year will recapture the fun of past years, including popular free attractions.

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“If you don’t want to leave the area to see something unique you don’t have to — we have it here,” he said. “It’s fun and safe for families.”

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Rock on Ice will return to the New Carlisle New Year’s Eve Ball Drop on Dec. 31 with live ice sculpting demonstrations and free autographs for kids. CONTRIBUTED (Contributing Writer)

Rock on Ice has become a fixture, with its live ice-sculpting demonstrations and anticipated autograph sessions with no pen and paper necessary. These autographs come on the tools of their trade – ice.

“The autographs are free and kids love to get them,” said Lowrey. “They are small enough they can be kept in the freezer at home.”

Also returning from last year are free carriage rides provided by Willow Wind Carriage and Limousine Service, which will run 9 to midnight. There were lines all evening long last year, Lowrey said.

DJ music will set the beat, while several shops will be open and there will be a cake auction, 50/50 raffle and prize giveaways throughout the evening to add to the experience.

The only cost, according to Lowrey, will be if attendees want food, which will be available. Parking is free and will be available on the side streets and closed businesses. Main Street will close at 8:30 p.m. that evening.

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Scenes from past New Carlisle New Year’s Eve Ball Drop events. MARSHALL GORBY / STAFF FILE PHOTO (Contributing Writer)

Lowery said the committee is already looking forward to plans to celebrate the ball drop’s 10th anniversary next year. Until then, he encourages leaving the television off and venturing out to celebrate.

“People like the experience of the ball drop, and this is the chance to see a hometown version. Come on down to celebrate with us.”

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