Harrow rings in the New Year

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by Garrett Fodor

The Harrow & Colchester Chamber of Commerce welcomed members of the community to the annual New Year’s celebrations on December 31.

The snow and cold winter weather did not stop patrons from attending the fifth annual Countdown in the Downtown event, held at the Harrow Arena.

Over the past five years, the event has continued to grow with this year’s festivities, including a free skate, cart races, road hockey, a photo booth, and face painting. Those in attendance were treated to a spectacle like being at Times Square in New York, without having to make the drive, as at the end of event, a ball-drop and confetti celebrated the end of 2017 and properly rang in 2018.

Corrie Bramhall is the Countdown in the Downtown Chairperson and has organized the last four annual events. She said the New Year’s event is special to her, and one of her favourites to organize.

“Over the years I have found positive feedback,” Bramhall said. “We changed locations a couple years ago because of the weather and having it as an outdoor event is tricky. Having it at the arena is nice and a lot of families are able to come out.”

Bramhall said the event takes about a year to plan and each year they continue to make improvements. Planning for the event each year starts at the beginning of January. This year’s event went from from 6-9 p.m., which allowed people to still have their own festivities later in the evening.

The event brought families together for the holidays and helped to spread cheer and fun amongst everyone who attended.

Despite the cold temperatures, Bramhall described this year’s edition as successful with over 400 people attending the festivities.