Martinsburg taking a bite out of New Year with Apple Drop
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A new tradition is in the works that will be filled with family activities and entertainment as a way to ring in the new year.
Main Street Martinsburg will host the inaugural New Year’s Eve Apple Drop from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, in Martinsburg Town Square.
Randy Lewis, executive director of Main Street Martinsburg, said the event is meant to provide a free event for families.
“It’s just a great event for people to come out to enjoy the downtown square and enjoy family time without having to worry about the costs of things, it’s all free,” Lewis said.
Along with free admission, there will be free apples, doughnuts and hot apple cider.
A variety of games and activities will be offered such as face painting by the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Library (Central Library) and an obstacle course for families to tackle provided by Healthy Berkeley.
Live music will be performed by Tony M. Music, a children’s music entertainer integrating music, literature, and storytelling.
At 6 p.m. the apple will drop, as led by the Berkeley County firefighter department.
There will be a countdown clock against a building downtown so people can watch the display.
“Right now we’re in the process of making a big apple with lots of lights on it,” Lewis said.
He hopes that the apple drop will grow each year and estimates that 750 people will attend this first year’s event.
The idea for this event came about after a desire to put together a celebration for the start of a new year.
“We never really had a New Year’s Eve event in downtown so we just wanted to give back and give some free things for our families to come down and enjoy,” Lewis said.
Other businesses Main Street Martinsburg partnered with includes Eagle School Intermediate PTA committee, Shepherd University, Orr’s Farm Market, and Apple Valley Chevrolet.
Lewis said that the event is a positive kick-off towards a new year that he hopes will bring forth improvement.
“It’s a time to come back to our community and be willing to usher in the new year and hopefully next year will be a better year for everyone,” Lewis said.
The event begins early in the day so that people will have enough time to explore downtown.
As a nonprofit organization, one of Main Street’s goal is to promote and support the economic endeavors of downtown Martinsburg by hosting affordable community events.
“We wanted to have a family free event for our community, and we wanted to have it early so that people will actually have time to come down to enjoy what downtown have to offer,” Lewis said.
If you go …
WHAT: New Year’s Eve Apple Drop
WHEN: 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31
WHERE: Town Square, Martinsburg, W.Va
CONTACT: Go to MainStreetMartinsburg.com