LEWISTOWN - Tonight, residents of the Juniata Valley will have their choice of three major New Year's Eve events to attend and the decision could be a tough one.
Those who may have a hankering for potato chips may find themselves drawn to Lewistown. However, maybe the thought of a race car suspended high above the ground is just too much to pass by, in which case Port Royal would be the place to be. Lastly, some may feel compelled to see a 5-foot 8-inch artificial beaver fall from the sky in Beavertown.
With a variety of free events to choose from, there will be plenty of things going on this New Year's Eve to keep residents entertained as they welcome in the new year.
Sentinel photo by BUFFIE BOYER
Greeting visitors as they drive into the borough of Port Royal is a suspended sprint car ready to drop for New Year’s Eve tonight.
The Great Chip Drop has officially entered its second year as Lewistown's New Year's Eve event.
Last year, thousands of revelers attended the overwhelmingly successful event, and this year looks to be just as exciting. Volunteers, vendors and local businesses around Monument Square are setting up to make this year's celebration as successful as last year.
The Great Great Chip Drop starts at 6 p.m. at Monument Square, rain or shine. The non-alcoholic event is free to the public.
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There will be lots to do, including listening to acoustic music on the second floor of the courthouse. The music schedule is as follows: From 6 to 6:45 p.m. - The Truth Junkies, Mark Knarr and Katherine Kaufman; 7 to 7:45 p.m. - Tom and Chris, acoustic duo; 7:50 to 8 p.m. - New England Originals, Melanie Allen and Grant Guiliano; 8 to 8:45 p.m. - The Lazy River Band, bluegrass, country, gospel; 8:50 to 9:35 p.m. - Country Junction, Bill Bitner and local country musicians; 9:45 to 11 p.m. - Laura Orshaw and Friends, PA Bluegrass All-Stars; 11:10 to 11:50 p.m. - The Brush Mountain Band, local acoustic musicians.
There will be plenty of children's activities as well, including Tillie's Sunshine Kid's Corner, which will run from 7 p.m. to 2009 at the Old Montgomery Ward Building, next to Historic Courthouse, at 3 W. Market St.
From 7 to 8 p.m., Toodles the Clown is doing children's activities. After Toodle the Clown's activities, children will be able join the Great Chip Drop Grand Procession at 8:30 p.m., using crafts made during the party. Children will be able to open prizes on every hour, create their own noisemaker, predict future events and enjoy a ton of other children's activities.
From 8 to 10 p.m., go for a Conestoga Wagon Ride provided by Aumiller.
The G-Man will have music and video games. Expect a variety of tunes, giant video screens, and play Guitar Hero with friends.
Businesses, restaurants and other organizations will hold extended hours, including several places that will be defrost stations to stay warm: Nennie's Cafe, 10 W. Market Street; McCoy House,17 North Main Street; The Upper Room, 19 S. Brown St.; Salvation Army, 9 S. Dorcas Street; Sacred Heart (Office), 9 N. Brown Street; Subway and Downtown OIP.
At 11:45 p.m., Lewistown Mayor Deb Bargo will give a speech and preside over the countdown, and there will be a midnight fireworks display.
The Port Royal Sprint Car Drop is scheduled to take place at midnight near the Port Royal speedway, because of the town's rich history of car racing.
This is the inaugural year for the free non-alcoholic Sprint Car Drop and the car itself will be on display all day today until the drop at midnight.
Barney Gray, owner of Macbarney's restaurant, will preside over the New Year's Eve event.
The Beaver Drop in Beavertown is free and open to the public. The non-alcoholic event begins at 10 p.m. at the Firehall, located at 222 Sassafras Ave. There will be country and rock music, and food will be available to purchase. Parking will be limited and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. At 11:50 p.m., the fire department will begin to lower the artificial beaver from a hook and ladder truck, and a 12-foot sign will illuminate at midnight as fireworks are set off to welcome in the new year.
After the Beaver Drop, revelers will be invited back inside the firehall to get warm and enjoy some more refreshments.
Contributions still are needed to pay for the fireworks display and can be made to the fire company treasurer, Faye Moyer, at the Susquehanna Bank by calling (570) 658-8713. For more information, call Beavertown Borough Secretary Linda Thomas at (570) 658-2482.
Beavertown Mayor Bill Wagner will preside over the countdown to the New Year.