Thousands Bring in New Year at Little Apple Celebration

The Little Apple dropped at midnight, ringing in 2007
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(Manhattan, Kan.)- Thousands of people filled Aggieville in Manhattan on New Year's Eve to celebrate the end of 2008 and welcome in 2009.

Transformed from Moro to "Broadway" for the night, honoring the New York tradition, the main street in Aggieville was transformed into a party for all ages. For the fifth year in a row, Manahattan's "Little Apple Ball Drop" celebration drew a huge crowd.

Another reason for the big numbers this year, Eve 6. The award winning band who became big with hits like "Inside Out" and "Here's to the Night" were part of the 2008 New Years Eve festivities in Manhattan.

At midnight the the "Little Apple" dropped from it's post above Varney's Book Store.

Some Riley County Police officials estimate that the crowd was one of the largest ever for the annual event.