Children at the Rapid City Public Library celebrated the new year a day and a half early. The "half" day comes about because they rang in the NOON year, counting down to 12 noon on Friday instead of 12 midnight on Saturday.
Children gathered on the second floor to make masks and crowns and then moved to the first-floor lobby for bagpipes, balloons, and a ball drop.
As SDPB's Victoria Wicks reports, the reviews were a rave: the first-time event was "awesome."
To see the balloons drop and the ensuing chaos, click on the video below. Watch to the end to see the Baby vs. the Big Blue Balloon.