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Kids' events, Apple Drop highlight New Year's Eve celebration

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Henderson County is putting on its first New Year's Eve event with children's activities early and an Apple Drop at midnight. Sponsored by Park Ridge Health, Wingate University, Downtown Hendersonville and Henderson County, the framily-friendly celebration will start with the children's activities from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Historic Courthouse plaza. Activities include:
• New Year’s Resolution Board – a large board with various colored markers will be set up for people to write down and share their New Year’s resolutions. After the event, the board will be displayed in the Historic Courthouse lobby.
• Musical Chairs – using the Billboard 100’s list of top music for 2016, we will have several musical chairs competitions with prizes for the winners.
• Predict the Future 2017 Board – a large board will be set up for people to write down their predictions for 2017. The board will be on display in the Historic Courthouse lobby.
• Decorate a New Year’s Hat – Colored markers and other decoration supplies will be provided for children and young at heart adults.
• Lip Synch Battle – a la Jimmy Fallon, we will use the Billboard top 100 list for 2016 to have lip synch battles.
• GMT New Year’s Countdown at 7:00 p.m. – We will have a countdown to midnight in London at 7:00 p.m.
• Corn Hole – There will be three corn hole boards set up for children and parents to play.
After a recess, the Apple Drop ceremonies will begin at 11 p.m. This part of the evening’s events will include:
• Music playing as people gather to await the Apple Lighting/Apple Drop.
• Coffee and hot chocolate will be available to keep the revelers warm
• Wingate University will have a tent/photo booth
• A local celebrity will emcee the Apple Drop and usher in the New Year
• Warming stations will be provided
Main Street will be closed between First and Second avenues from 10 p.m. till midnight. In case of inclement weather (rain or snow) or extreme cold (subfreezing temperatures/high wind-chill) the event will be cancelled.