Crossett to ring in 2021 with ball drop

Confetti starts to fly as the ball drops to the bottom of the flag pole on Main Street in Crossett in this file photo from New Year 2020. The city will again host a ball drop on Main Street this New Year’s Eve. (NEWS OBSERVER/File photo)

Crossett plans to ring in the New Year by with a big ball drop.

New Year’s Eve 2020 will be the second time the city has hosted such an event.

Crossett Parks and Recreation Assistant Director Sarah Hollimon Stagg piloted the event last year and — after considering it a success — has decided to make the ball drop an annual happening. 

This year’s event will start at 10 p.m. Dec. 31 and last  until the ball drops at midnight to officially note the New Year in Crossett. 

Stagg said the first block of Main Street will be blocked off for the event. Orlando Robinson will be the night’s DJ and a food truck will be selling hot foods from open area beside Crossett Mercantile, sometimes referred to as the Main Mall. 

Stagg said Friends of the Crossett Community will have a selfie station with sparklers and 2021 goodies for sale. 

She also said some local churches are working to put together booths as well. 

Crossett Parks and Recreation will host live video sessions on its Facebook page at 10 p.m., 11 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. 

Stagg said the live video finale will begin at 11:58 p.m. through the 10 second countdown. 

One of the differences this year is that the grassy area around the ball pole will be considered off-limits. 

“We will stay on Main Street only,” Stagg said.

Those with questions about the event or anyone willing to help with this year’s ball drop can contact Stagg at 870-500-0303.

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