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Published: Friday, December 29, 2017 @ 6:05 AM
MIAMI VALLEY — The bitter cold temperatures forecast for the Miami Valley region New Year’s Eve has local event organizers making contingency plans for outdoor events.
NEW YEAR’S EVE AT AUSTIN LANDING:
The New Year’s Eve event at Austin Landing in Miami Twp. was moved inside to the Hilton Garden Inn to ensure that volunteers and attendees at the festivities are not exposed to the elements while ringing in the New Year.
“We want to be safe,” said Sarah Gillenwater, director of marketing for The Pink Ribbon Girls, the organizers of the Austin Landing event.
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Fireworks at the Austin Landing event were cancelled as a result of moving the event inside, Gillenwater said. The organization will instead plan to use the fireworks during a 2018 event to be determined, she added.
NEW CARLISLE NEW YEAR’S EVE:
Event planners with the New Year’s Eve event in New Carlisle said they expect some changes as a result of the cold.
“Horse drawn carriage rides will probably not make it due to the cold weather and not bringing the animals out,” said Mike Lowery with the Heritage Flight Festival Committee, which organizes the New Year’s Eve tradition.
The event is still scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. Dec. 31 and end at 12:30 a.m. Jan. 1, but organizers are anticipating a smaller turnout, because of the cold, and suspect some people may come for a shorter period of time.
“Assume the large crowds won’t show up as early and maybe people will come up 11, 11:30, watch the ball drop and then head back home,” Lowery said.
YELLOW SPRINGS NEW YEAR’S EVE:
The downtown New Year’s Eve celebration in Yellow Springs is still scheduled to go on as planned, however city officials are making plans to make sure people attending stay safe and have options to stay warm.
“We will urge everyone to dress appropriately during the event,” said Colin Altman, Fire Chief for Miami Twp. Fire and Rescue. “People will be able to sit in an ambulance or fire truck to stay warm if needed.”
Altman added that the department is looking into streaming the event on its Facebook page, so people not wanting to attend can still witness the ball drop during the event.
Hot chocolate will also be distributed to attendees by the fire department, Altman said, and fire crews also will observe the crowd for any signs of emergencies related to cold temperatures.
The Yellow Springs event begins at 8:30 p.m.