Thousands Expected Downtown for First Night Columbus

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Organizers of First Night Columbus predict 12 thousand or more will participate in New Year’s Eve revelry downtown.

Spokesman Mike Collins explains that the event provides a focal point for the New Years celebration: “It is to be able to use major facilities, typically downtown, very children and family-friendly activities, obviously alcohol and drug-free, and creates the hub of the celebration for each of the cities.”

Major events are scheduled at COSI, Vets Memorial, the Key Bank building, and the Ohio Statehouse.

“The highlights really are some great activities for kids, we have an outstanding fun fitness zone, and then the 28 performing groups, so it’s a great evening of entertainment.” Says Collins.

The Grand Finale countdown to midnight will be hosted by Mayor Michael Coleman and Commissioner Paula Brooks.

Sadie Taylor, WOSU News