Watch The Little Apple New Year’s Eve Celebration On WIBW

By: Press Release from Manhattan Festivals, Inc.
By: Press Release from Manhattan Festivals, Inc.

MANHATTAN, KS, – Plans are underway for the Ninth Annual Little Apple® New Year’s Eve Celebration and Ball Drop in Manhattan, Kansas. The Ball Drop has become a holiday tradition, celebrating the best of the Midwest to ring in the New Year. The evening's festivities will begin at 10 p.m. at the intersection of Moro Street and Manhattan Avenue in Aggieville in front of the historic Varney’s marquee. Thanks to the K-State Student Union Program Council, local Manhattan band Catch Amy will perform live with a laser light show at 11 p.m. Their performance will be followed by a countdown to midnight, the Little Apple® Ball Drop and a display of fireworks over Aggieville.

The event has attracted larger crowds each year, beginning with 4,500 spectators in the first year to more than 10,000 in 2010 and an additional 2,000 visitors streaming live online at To allow more Kansas residents access to the event, WIBW Channel 13 will broadcast the event live on December 31 from 11:30 p.m. until after midnight. Steve Levin, Chair of Manhattan Festivals, Inc., promises the event is going to be “bigger and better than ever before. We invite the whole family to join us for one of the most highly anticipated events in the state of Kansas.”

Wonderful sponsors and numerous volunteers have helped to make this event possible, including Jon Murdock Chevrolet Cadillac Mitsubishi, The Eye Doctors, HyVee and Varney’s Book Store.

Photos and more information about the event and these generous sponsors can be found at

About the Band:

Catch Amy is Kansas' hottest up and coming rock band. The four-piece writes, records, and performs their own hook-laden style of high energy and melodic pop/punk rock, drawing influence from bands such as The All-American Rejects, Blink-182, Yellowcard and Eve 6. The group consists of Austin Narverud (vocals/guitar), Chase Farrant (guitar/vocals), Joel Bland (bass), and Robbie Richmond (drums). Over the past few years Catch Amy has performed in venues both large and small across the region, including The Beaumont Club in Westport, Kansas City. The group is coming off back to back wins of the K-State OPUS battle of the bands and performed at the 2011 Purple Power Play on Poyntz festival. They are currently working on their first full length album titled "Colors,” set to release next fall.

631 SW Commerce Pl. Topeka, Kansas 66615 phone: 785-272-6397 fax: 785-272-1363 email:
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