Year-end party coming back

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Silvesternacht will return with New Year’s Eve fun, apple drop in park


TELL CITY – Halloween is still more than a week away but plans for the last holiday of the year, New Year’s Eve, and Tell City’s second Silvesternacht are fast taking shape.

Silvesternacht is Swiss for “New Year’s Eve,” and the celebration will again see Tell City’s apple drop from its perch in City Hall Park to mark the new year. Members of the event’s planning committee sought donations for the apple in hopes it would become a small-city version of New York City’s dropping of the famous ball in Times Square.

“We want the celebration to grow every year and we have great ideas for this New Year’s Eve,” said Eric Kehl, chairman of the Perry County Quality of Life Committee that created the event in 2012.

The apple, illuminated with light-emitting diodes, made its 2013 debut during Schweizer Fest and remains lit nightly.

Tell City Junior-Senior High School will host a variety of activities New Year’s Eve, including supervised swimming, games and food. Events will wrap up in time to allow people to return to City Hall Park.

Also returning will be a “bubble wrap” stomp in front of City Hall, something that drew rave reviews last year. A 2-kilometer fun run-walk that would finish just before midnight is a possibility. Food vendors are expected and St. Paul’s Church members have indicated a desire to host an event at the parish hall.

Fireworks will return to mark 2014’s arrival but will change locations to the intersection of Main and Jefferson streets. Last year’s pyrotechnics were held along Seventh Street and were partially blocked by downtown buildings.

“The season should give everyone in the park a great view and make New Year’s that much more exciting,” Kehl said.