New Years Eve Ball Drop


December 14, 2011 to January 02, 2012


(Eastern Standard Time)

Transformation to 2012-New Year’s Eve Downtown Kokomo!Kokomo, IN  - Community members are invited to celebrate Kokomo’s transformation from the “fastest dying city” to “Community of the Year” New Year’s Eve in downtown Kokomo. “Transformation as the theme of this celebration is very appropriate.  In all areas of our community we are collaborating and coming together to get the job done for our city.  And it’s working.  Kokomo deserves this celebration.” says Jeb Conrad, CEO of the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance.

To the already spectacular line up of the Kokomo High School TechnoKats Robotics Teams’ Lighted Ball Drop, the music of Mike Milligan and Steam Shovel, and the court house fireworks, new and exciting activities are planned.  “This community celebration exemplifies the Alliance’s commitment to quality of place initiatives” says Jeb Conrad, CEO Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance. Conrad adds, " A big thank you goes out to our Downtown Council and all the volunteers for leading this exciting event."

The evening will open with the Court House’s transformation into a theater screen on which Kokomo Area Career Center’s Academy of Art, Media and Communication students will project various movie shorts.  In addition, a live feed of the street scene is planned to be interspersed in the show.  A Techno-Dance Booth located on the North side of the square will have all guests dancing in the street trying to keep up with PlayStation’s “Everybody Dance” game on a 12’screen. 

In addition, large bubble Bubble-Wrap will be laid down Main Street for all to stomp to their hearts content. Downtown businesses are hosting a “Recycle and Repurpose Art” hat contest.  Prizes will be given in 5 categories.  Participants should transform everyday objects into Party Art Hats to be judged on stage.  Also, there is a rumor floating around that a Community Dance Flash Mob is due to happen on the scene sometime after 11pm.  Community Members can check out “Kokomo Community Flash Mob New Years Eve” on the Greater Kokomo Facebook page for video dance steps and practices. 

Also new this year, Downtown eateries Upper Crust Sandwich Shoppe and the Kokomo Elks Lodge will offer a breakfast to guests just after midnight.  Guests are invited to keep the fun time rolling into 2012 for breakfast downtown with friends and family.

The Downtown Association has been executing this event since the late 1990’s.

Transformation to 2012-New Year’s Eve Downtown Kokomo!

10:30 Transform Court House into Theater – East Court House Facade

10:35 Transform Guests into Dancing Pros – Techno Dance Booth –Walnut St

10:40 Transform Bubble Wrap into Stomping Fun – Main St

10:45 Transform Stuff into Art Hats – Party Hat Contest – Stage

11:00 Transform Space into Music – Mike Milligan and Steam Shovel – Stage

11:30 Transform Street into Dancing Flash Mob – Main St

11:45 Transform Partiers into Beach Ball Players

12:00 Transform Court House Roof into Fireworks Phenomenon

12:01 Transform into 2012

12:05 Transform Hunger into Satisfaction – Breakfast Downtown – Upper Crust / Elks Lodge

Many cross-community collaborations have made this celebration possible. Sponsors and Collaborators for this year’s transformative event include: Kokomo Community Arts Commission, City of Kokomo, NIPSCO, Indiana American Water, Daniels & Alexander – Freedom Financial, Erik’s Chevrolet, Perkins Contracting, Shirley & Stout, Humphrey Printing, Howard Regional Hospital, Kokomo Perspective, Jeremy Peelle Law Office, Security Federal Savings Bank, Palmer’s Jewelry, Courtyard by Marriott, Sound of Music, Host Design, Ameriprise-Gene Kostrewa, 

The Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance: Aligning economic development initiatives, resources, and innovation.  Building quality connected places, world class brainpower, and a new pattern of civic leadership.  Creating jobs and investment.

Great People.  Great Stories.  Greater Kokomo.

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