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Student Creates New Year’s Tradition


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Written by: Colby ShoupDecember 07, 2016

The first ever Fort Wayne New Year’s Ball Drop will be held behind Main Street Bistro on Dec. 31 from 7 p.m. to midnight.

The event will include an all-ages concert outside with an LED screen counting down to the new year, as well as an indoor gala for attendees ages 21 and over.

Daniel Butler,  senior marketing major and director of Fort Wayne Ball Drop, plans to make the celebration an annual tradition.

“We definitely want this to happen every year,” Butler said. “This first year is kind of like a test run so we don’t know for sure how many people will show up, but since we’ve announced it, it’s been gaining tremendous momentum and become really popular on social media. We’re really excited to see what kind of crowd will come out this year and in the years to come.”

Butler thought of the idea for Fort Wayne Ball Drop when he first started working as marketing director of Baals Music Festival, but he said he considers the project a collaboration between himself and the people of Fort Wayne.

One of these people is Alicia Pyle of the band Alicia Pyle Quartet Harmonic, who will be performing live at the event.

“Alicia Pyle Quartet are really fantastic, so we’re really excited to see them perform what they put together throughout the night,” Butler said.

The show will also feature audience contests and a live DJ. All of this will lead up to an “epic” fireworks display when the ball drops at midnight, Butler said.

Fort Wayne Ball Drop also falls on Fort Wayne’s bi-centennial, which Butler said is not a coincidence.

“It’s gonna have a really good vibe of community and celebrating what Fort Wayne has done and how far we’ve come in the past 200 years,” Butler said.

Admission to Fort Wayne New Year’s Ball Drop is free and open to all ages. Tickets for the indoor gala cost $30 per person.