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Non-alcoholic community gathering planned for New Year's Eve
Bridgestone tire drop to highlight the event
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Industrial Development Board director Don Alexander

It will be a New Year’s Eve party with a Warren County twist.
Instead of a ball dropping to signify the dawn of a new year, it will be a giant Bridgestone tire.
“Just wait until you see this Bridgestone tire,” said Industrial Development Board director Don Alexander, one of the event organizers. “This tire is over 10 feet tall and weighs over 13,000 pounds.”
The tire drop will bring an exciting conclusion to a non-alcoholic New Year’s Eve party set to take place at Depot Bottom. The tire will be suspended roughly 35 feet above ground by crane and slowly lowered moments before midnight.
"We're going to rehearse it several times to get the timing down," said Alexander.
The gathering will be held between BRC and McMinnville Manufacturing on Depot Street and take place from 8:30 p.m. until midnight.
Live entertainment will be provided by Pat Flynn’s band and refreshments will include hot Dr Pepper, hot apple cider, and hot chocolate. Should the weather turn frightful, there will be fires to help visitors stay warm.
It’s a family friendly event designed to give people a safe holiday celebration without all the drinking.
"We want to have a festive event where we don't have to worry about people getting hurt on their way home," said Alexander.
There’s no charge to attend the non-alcoholic New Year’s Eve party and organizers are hoping to attract a large crowd.