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Downtown Traverse City gears up for New Years Eve T-Ball Cherry drop

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We’ll say goodbye to 2021 in about 7 hours and ring the New Year.

And Traverse City is getting ready for their Cherry T-Ball Drop Friday at midnight.

It went virtual last year due to COVID-19, but the full event is back this year.

Event organizers expect to see a good crowd later on Friday.

In addition to the ball drop, there will be live music and fireworks.

Not only is the ball drop the perfect way to ring in the New Year, it also helps the community.

To enter, they ask for a suggested donation of $ 3 to Food Rescue, a program of Goodwill Northern Michigan.

“What we’re doing is making sure that good food doesn’t go to waste because there are people who need it,” said Taylor Moore, director of Food Rescue. “They could offset a utility bill or the payment for a car. We collect soon-to-expired surpluses from grocery stores, farms, food processors and distribute that food to pantries and meal sites in all five counties. “

Moore continued, “We don’t buy food because we collect around 8,000 pounds of food a day. So there is so much food to be collected and distributed that the money is used to make sure our trucks stay on the road to operate.

If you plan to go to downtown Traverse City for the Cherry T-Ball Drop, doors open at 10:30 p.m.