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Region ready to ring in New Year

BLUEFIELD (WVVA) - Mercer County residents will be ringing in 2014 at a pair of inaugural events this New Year's Eve.

In Bluefield, organizers of The Lemon Drop will drop a lemon from a crane as the clock counts down to the new year. 

The festivities start in Bluefield's depot district at 9 PM at Raleigh and Commerce streets.

There will be entertainment, including a DJ, and a breakfast immediately following the drop at the historic bank lobby.

The Lemon Drop is free to attend.

In Princeton, the Downtown Countdown will also feature a ball drop in addition to sparkling cider toast and fireworks at the stroke of midnight, four stages of music, street performers and more.

The city's newly christened Renaissance Theater will light up with music by local rock favorite JC/BC with special guest vocalist Melissa McKinney and The Turnaround Concert and Gathering Hall will feature music by Patient Jazz and food and drink by Chooky's Cookies.

DJ Dough-T will create a family friendly party in Princeton Town Square leading up to the countdown, and The "Hot Chocolate Spot" will be an indoor space where guests can warm up, enjoy hot cocoa and listen to acoustic music by Tim & Maggie Mainland.

The street will be closed to traffic, and there will be street performers featuring performance artist Chally Erb, food for sale, and a general atmosphere of family-friendly merriment to ring in the new year. The event is the culmination of an exciting year of progress for the revitalization of Mercer Street. 

The event begins at 8pm and will continue until about 1am. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students, and may be purchased at the gate. Kids 10 & under are free. Food, drink and party favors will be available for purchase. For more information, visit, or call 304-425-6425.

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