Technical difficulties, weather can’t stop Little Apple Ball Drop

By Paul Harris

The ninth annual Little Apple New Year’s Eve Ball Drop was a little bumpy this year, but it did not spoil the entire evening, which saw the largest turnout in the event’s history.

A crowd of 12,000 came out to watch the Little Apple drop from the Varney’s bookstore marquee, said Varney’s marketing coordinator, Brittany Johnson on Tuesday morning.

Johnson said rain put a damper on Saturday night’s festivities. A DJ was supposed to play from 10-10:45, but the weather forced organizers to cancel that portion of the show. The band Catching Amy took the stage at 10:30 p.m. The laser show also started five to 10 seconds earlier than scheduled, Johnson said.

There were also some problems with the 30-minute television broadcast on WIBW, which experienced some technical difficulties with the feed, Johnson said.

WIBW usually does live cuts to the ball drop, Johnson said, but it was the first time in the event’s history for a 30-minute New Year’s special.

Johnson said that the event will not only be smoother but will also be bigger and better as the Little Apple Ball Drop celebrates its 10th year.

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