Weather Doesn't Impact Little Apple Ball Drop

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- The blast of winter weather on New Year's Eve did not put a damper on the festivities in Manhattan.

The Little Apple Ball Drop in the Aggieville District went off without a hitch, despite several inches of snow and chilly temperatures.

This was the 10th year for the event, which typically draws 10,000 people to watch the ball, shaped like an apple, come down from atop Varney's Bookstore at midnight.

Crews worked through the snow and cold to get everything set up for the big event.

K-State fans came out in full force as they gear up to cheer on the Wildcats Thursday when they face off against Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl.

"The last time we were at the Fiesta Bowl, we had the same kind of weather and we had a huge crowd, two blocks full of people," said Steve Levin, Varney’s General Manager.

K-State Men's Basketball Coach Bruce Weber and his family were on hand to push the button cuing the ball drop which was followed by a laser show and fireworks display.

WIBW will be aired the event live.

"It’s better than the Big Apple because it is Manhattan, Kansas and we have such a tight-knit community here and it’s so great to see everybody in the streets with this weather, come out and they’re celebrating a great K-State season and they’re so happy to be here," said Megan Vaughan with Manhattan Broadcasting and the host for the event.

"I wanted to ring in the New Year, hang out with a bunch of people, listen to awesome music and experience the ball drop like I’ve never seen before and it's been awesome," added attendee Courtney Johnson.

"It’s the not the Big Apple, it’s the Little Apple but it’s cozier and more tight-knit. Everyone knows everyone. It’s a good time," said Keegan McCullick, who was there with 30 of his friends.

Organizers encouraged the crowd to be careful heading home. Riley County police officers were on hand as the celebration moved into the local bars in Aggieville.