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Clarksburg Officials Prepare For Downtown New Year's Eve Celebration

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Families across North Central West Virginia came together to celebrate Christmas Day, but in less than a week, another holiday will unite the community, right here in Jackson Square.

It may not be New York, but for area residents, the New Year's Eve celebration in Clarksburg might just be the next best thing. That's the message Clarksburg officials are spreading this year.

"People from outside the county are going to come this year because it's good clean fun," said Patsy Trecost of Clarksburg City Council.

Trecost, who was the city's mayor during the inaugural event last year, said it was an absolute success.

"Last year, we assumed we had around 1,000 people here. But after the event, we realized that everybody was talking about it. That's why it was a no-brainer for us to work as a council to decide that this is something we're going to do annually," said Trecost.

The event will feature live music, fireworks, vendors, and the main attraction: the 2014 ball.

"The ball will be back. The fire department is going to lower the ball at midnight. We'll be transmitting the countdown simultaneously with Times Square," said Mayor Cathy Goings.

Goings said city council has made some improvements to Jackson Square that will be finished in time for New Year's Eve.

"We did some additional custom lighting to the façade of Jackson Square so when you travel down Pike Street, it'll be lit up at night. It's not just Christmas Lighting, it's year-round. Down the road, we'll be looking at installing some permanent restroom facilities to make it more user-friendly," said Goings.

"Everything that New Year's is about, creating memories, we're doing," said Trecost.

The festivities will kick off at 7:30 on New Year's Eve.

Clarksburg isn't the only place to go to ring in the new year. Morgantown's Buckin' New Years Eve Bash will start at 7 p.m. at the Big Whiskey Bar and Saloon. Guests can enjoy a whiskey salute at midnight.

In Davis, Blackwater Falls will host a New Year's Eve Celebration at 9 with D-J Dan Barkley, hors d'oeuvres and a champagne toast.

Finally, guests can head to North Bend State Park in Cairo to enjoy oldies tunes from the 50s, 60s, and 70s, courtesy of the De'Ja'Vu Band.