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Behind the scenes of Little Apple New Year's Eve

MANHATTAN, Kan. (KSNT) - The celebration has become a staple in the Manhattan community. But, what exactly goes into planning one of the biggest parties of the year?

Krista Bramhall and her staff at the Aggieville Business Association start planning as early as the summer time, making to-do lists and talking with promoters, vendors and bands.

By the fall, they ramp up their efforts to get all those tasks done.

"It seems pretty daunting in the beginning, but to-do lists are huge," said Bramhall. "We kind of play off of since it has been such a history in Aggieville and such a long past being here, we play off what have they done in the past and what works."

While Krista and her team plan the event, another important element is the sponsors, which she says they could not put on the event without.

One of those sponsors is WTC Communications in Wamego. This was their first year being a part of the event.

"It's a great opportunity for WTC to get to know the people down here," said WTC Product and Services Manager Gary Aufdemberge. "Again, we've heard a lot of things about this celebration and we think it's a great way to get involved and show support."

Perhaps the most famous part of the celebration is the ball drop. The staff at rally house said they enjoy being part of such a beloved tradition.

"It's just a lot of energy, a lot of fun," said Store Manager Chealsea Manwarren. "I know the town kind of enjoys it. It's something else to bring people down to the district and encourage the local businesses down here."

Putting on an event this big is no easy task and truly takes a village.




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