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NYE celebration planned for city of McDonough
by Nneka M. Okona
December 27, 2012 11:22 AM | 1313 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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McDonough’s rendition of a New Year’s Eve celebration will be present on the Square on Monday, dubbed the Geranium Drop.

This year will mark the second year the city has hosted the celebration.

The Geranium Drop will begin at 8 p.m. and will last until 1 a.m.

Jennifer Price, one of the event’s coordinators, said the idea belonged to one of the Tour McDonough board members.

“They wanted to bring a New Year celebration on the Southside of Atlanta,” she said. “[The Geranium Drop] is an alternative way to celebrate the New Year other than fighting traffic and the large amount of crowds elsewhere.”

The Geranium Drop is a free event and will include a multitude of events, such as two dance floors, a geranium ball that will drop at midnight and several food and drink specials.

Restaurants surrounding the Square will provide food and drink special for attendees as well as food vendors selling hot chocolate, barbecue and fried Oreos, among other items.

As an added bonus for attendees, a commemorative Geranium Drop gulp cup will be for sale.

“It will be available for purchase for $5,” said Price. “With that cup, when you take it into selected restaurants on the Square, you can partake in drink specials.”

For entertainment, a live band will play tunes for both children and adults to dance to on their respective dance floors.

“The main act, The Full House Band, will be performing,” said Price.

Price is not at all worried about attendance.

“Last year we had more than 1,000 people,” she said. “We expect to double that number this year.”

There will also be a community service aspect to the event.

Jen Hanekamp, a long-distance runner, is planning to run 132k in 24 hours.

Her journey will begin in Milledgeville and end in McDonough, all her efforts dedicated to raising awareness and funds for Henry County Cancer Services.

“We will have a jumbo blow-up screen that will show her run the entire time so people are able to watch her progress as she arrives on the downtown Square,” Price said.

Free parking will be available for attendees at the judicial parking deck.

Additionally, parking around the Square will be blocked off.

A dress code will not be enforced at the event; rather Price said that all attendees should “dress warmly.”

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