Towns, cities prepare for New Year’s Eve celebrations
MARYLAND – As the clock ticked toward the end of 2019, officials across Delmarva spent Tuesday prepping for New Year’s Eve celebrations across the peninsula.
“We’re getting ready for our New Year’s eve midnight muskrat dive,” Carrie Samis with Main Street Princess Anne said.
“We’re getting ready for the New Year’s Eve ball drop, this is year six or seven,” Jake Day, Mayor of Salisbury, said.
But getting the towns and cities ready takes a lot of time.
“Set up has been underway for the last two days,” Mayor Day said.
It also takes a lot of hands on deck.
“Dozens for sure, yes, definitely dozens, Who are helping us in one way or another,” Samis said.
“I’d say between 50 and 75 people are involved in the set up just on the public event side of things,” Mayor Day added.
And, of course, it takes a lot of money.
“This year we have several different sponsors, Main Street Princess Anne, we put in some funding for it, some of our funding that was raised through Giving Tuesday is put toward this event, which is great,” Samis said.
The preparations stretched from on land, even into the water.
“We have a water main on a skip jack, the Skipjack Minnie V, right now harvesting oysters for us Because we have a raw oyster bar tonight,” Samis said.
But all of that time, work, and money is worth it to ring in 2020 right here on Delmarva, with people not just from the United States, but from the entire world.
“I just got a text from a woman from Australia who happened to be in Maryland visiting her family, and she’s outside of D.C. but drove down and staying at the Washington Inn, and she’s checking in this afternoon because she’s coming,” Samis said. “Usually we have some folks from New York, DC, New Jersey, Delaware.”
All of this work building up to one final memory of 2019.
“That moment where the countdown starts, those last ten seconds, and the ball drops and we really celebrate what was a great year, but a great year ahead,” Mayor Day said.