Manhattan Staging 10th New Year's Eve Ball Drop

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Monday, December 31, 2012

New Year's Eve in the Kansas town known as the Little Apple is expected to bring out thousands of revelers amid snowy, freezing weather.

This is the 10th year Manhattan will ring in the New Year with the midnight dropping of a ball from atop Varney's bookstore in the Aggieville bar and entertainment district.

Varney's general manager Steve Levin told The Manhattan Mercury that Kansas State men's basketball coach Bruce Weber will speak about five minutes before midnight, then push the button that drops the ball and cues fireworks and lasers.

Kansas State fans are already in a mood to celebrate. The football Wildcats play Oregon on Thursday night in the Fiesta Bowl, and Weber's 25th-ranked basketball Wildcats beat South Dakota 70-50 on Monday afternoon.

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