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A New Year’s Bash: DLCCC holds family-friendly party

The DLCCC New Year’s Eve Bash is complete with a balloon drop, noise makers, hot dogs and chips. The family-friendly event starts at 6 p.m. New Year’s Eve and goes until 9 p.m. SUBMITTED PHOTO

It isn’t hard to find adult activities to partake in New Years Eve, but family-friendly activities can be a little harder to come by.

That’s why the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center is once again opening its doors for its annual New Year’s Eve Bash.

“We started this the first year we were open in 2001,” said Kim Bettcher, who is helping coordinate the event for the DLCCC. “We had only been open two weeks and we threw our first New Year’s Eve party.”

Since then, the event has remained incredibly popular in Detroit Lakes, bringing in 300 to 400 people every year — a number Bettcher says does not seem overwhelming for the large, open facility.

“It’s just so much fun; the part I love the most is seeing so many familiar faces come back every year to celebrate,” said Bettcher.

“And it’s people of every age from new born babies in their car seats to elderly people.”

The fun kicks off at 6 p.m. with different sporting games in the gym. The big, inflatable slide will be set up for kids, while the pool’s big rock will be blown up and ready to go.

“We do a cannon ball contest that is judged where you get certain points for how big their splash is, and then there are usually bonus points for belly flops,” laughed Bettcher, who says the cannon-ballers get three opportunities to impress the judges, who fully expect to get wet.

“And then we’ll have waterslide races and some other pool games,” she added.

If party-goers aren’t in the mood to “make a splash” into the New Year, bingo will also be set up in the gym.   

“Kids and adults can win family-friendly board games, footballs, basketballs, soccer balls…things like that,” said Bettcher, who says they often will get 150 people playing bingo.

The Backyard will also be open for kids to explore, so Bettcher reminds parents to make sure everybody is wearing socks.

Staff will also be handing out hotdogs and chips to keep that energy up while squeezing out every last hour of 2013.

Before the event wraps up at 9 p.m., there will be a balloon drop at 8:45, complete with a countdown and noisemakers.

Admission into the event is $5 per person or $20 per family. Members are also charged admission, as the party is a special event that also provides food and prizes.

Kids are not directly supervised, so should not be dropped off without parents also staying for the party.

“And we do see a lot of grandmas and grandpas come with their families too. A lot of times they are visiting from out of town and are looking for something easy, fun and active to do,” said Bettcher, who says it’s a good chance for kids to burn off that cooped-up energy.

She adds that the event has a real “community feel” that Detroit Lakes can be proud of.

“It’s fun for those people coming into town to be able to show off what we have, what our community has and what we do,” said Bettcher.

There’s no need to RSVP to this party, simply show up, get a wristband and commence celebration.

For more information, call the DLCCC at 218-844-4221.

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