Waynesboro to ring in New Year with giant Waynesburger
WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Bill Kohler is hoping that Mother Nature will bring much warmer weather for this year’s New Year’s Eve 2018 Boro Blast.
“Last year the high on that day was 7 degrees, so I think the odds are in our favor this year that it’s a little bit warmer,” laughingly said Kohler, who is director of Economic Development with Mainstreet Waynesboro.
The event will return to Main Street Park to ring in the new year. The family-friendly event is from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
About 250 to 300 people braved the freezing temperatures for the inaugural event, and Kohler is hoping that this year, with promises of a warmer introduction to 2019, people will come in droves for Boro Blast.
In addition to better weather, Kohler said they’ve tried to keep families in mind this year.
“We’ve tried even harder to make everything free,” he said. “... we wanted to make sure everyone could come and have fun. All walks of life, all ages.”
The event kicks off at 5 p.m. with music, family activities, and giveaways. Beginning at 6 p.m. at Alexander Hamilton Memorial Library there will be storytime and crafts for the little ones.
One of the highlights will be the giveaways. Kohler said they expect to be giving out door prizes “every 10 minutes” throughout the event.
There also will be s’mores over the fire pit, prizes, entertainment by Tiny Michaels of WAYZ and RS Entertainment. Fat Russ BBQ will sell food.
Ice carver Danny Kissel of Newville, Pa., will be there to carve from a 300-pound chunk of ice.
“He won’t divulge what he’s going to do, but last year he did a big 2018,” Kohler said, adding that Kissel is interactive with the crowd during his demonstration.
But the centerpiece begins with a 30-minute countdown at 6:30 p.m. with the dropping of a giant Waynesburger at 7 p.m. The Waynesburger is a well-known Waynesboro burger that is sold at the downtown restaurant of the same name.
Kohler said they might change up what is lowered every year.
“Next year maybe drop a slice of Frank’s pizza or an Antietam Dairy ice cream cone,” he said. “Something cool, something that ties into our history or what people like to do.”
Being there as 2017 counted down to 2018, Kohler said the event was a sense of community.
“It was just amazing. We had a countdown clock projected on one of the walls, and everyone was just counting down together,” he said.
After the Waynesburger is dropped, they’ll release around 700 balloons into the crowd below.
Kohler said last year he said he was a little worried what would happen to all the balloons once they were lowered, and if the organization’s staff would have to gather them.
But, he said, the kids started popping them.
“It was cool — that was our fireworks,” he said.
The evening will wrap up with more giveaways to music.
“And send people on their way to enjoy the rest of the night,” he said.
Kohler said he hopes that people will leave Boro Blast reflecting that they experienced “something unique and fun.”
Top photo: Balloons are dropped at the end of the countdown at Boro Blast in Waynesboro, Pa. (Submitted photo)
If you go ...WHAT: New Year's Eve 2018 Boro BlastWHEN: 5 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31 WHERE: Main Street Park, 25 E. Main St., Waynesboro, Pa.COST: FreeCONTACT: Call 717-762-0397 or visit www.mainstreetwaynesboro.org