Westlake Bicentennial Ball Drop

Warm weather and a family-friendly atmosphere brought hundreds to Crocker Park on Dec. 31 to ring in the New Year. The event was the official kickoff for the city's Bicentennial year.

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  • One of the family-friendly activities at the celebration was Snowman Bowling, put on by Westlake Boy Scout Troop 77.

  • A bagpiper leads off the evening's festivities.

  • Warm weather drew a large crowd to the event.

  • Porter Library Director Andrew Mangels' musical group 30 Turtles entertains the crowd with children's songs.

  • Students from the Leneghan Academy of Irish Dance in Westlake impress the crowd with their well-rehearsed routine.

  • Erica Bartolone and sons Grant and Leo were in a New Year's Eve mood at Crocker Park.
  • The crowd watches the large video screen as they wait for the ball to drop. The screen carried a live simulcast with Westlake's sister city, Tralee, Ireland.

  • The ball begins its 30-second drop from the top of a crane.

  • Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough welcomes the crowd to the Bicentennial year kickoff party. Pictured behind the mayor from left to right are: event emcee Kenny Crumpton of Fox 8, District 2 County Council Representative Dave Greenspan, Ward 4 Councilman Michael O’Donnell, Council President Mike Killeen, Ward 6 Councilman Mark Getsay, Director of Planning and Economic Development Bob Parry, Westlake Historical Society President Lysa Stanton and Economic Development Assistant Lynn Brady.
  • The evening's events are capped off with a fireworks display.

  • Master juggler John Flower performs amongst the crowd
  • Westlake starts 2011 in style.

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