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Acorn drops; 2010 begins

Posted December 31, 2009
Updated January 1, 2010

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— Large crowds braved foggy, drizzly Fayetteville Street for the 19th annual First Night Raleigh celebration on Thursday evening.

In the newly opened City Plaza, a 1,200-pound steel and copper acorn dropped twice – at 7 p.m. for the children's celebration and at midnight.

The acorn used to be dropped several blocks away on Fayetteville Street, but has since been moved to its new home in the City Plaza.

"It's an exciting thing to have happen in the city of Raleigh. People always look forward to it," organizer Jackie Smith said. "It's you and about 40,000 of your neighbors."

Acorn drops to signal 2010 Acorn drops; 2010 begins

The event began with the People's Procession down Fayetteville Street. The annual march featured colorful puppets and costumes.

A steady rain washed through downtown around 7:30 p.m. sending some revelers to seek shelter in nearby restaurants. More than 30 indoor venues hosted events, including comedy, blues, funk and opera performances.

The weather continued to be cool, with temperatures in the mid-40s by midnight. Fog also began to roll in.


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  • working for deadbeats Jan 1, 2010

    Three more years of agony with this so call President.

  • working for deadbeats Jan 1, 2010

    Acorn drops; 2010 begins

    Glad I was told..I would have had no idea.

  • Unaffiliated Patriot Jan 1, 2010

    This brings the first year of Obama's Reign of Terror to a close, and we didn't even get kissed.
    As weak as he was, George Bush doesn't seem all that bad at the moment. God help us thin out this bunch of Socialists in 2010.

  • woodrowboyd2 Jan 1, 2010

    Why didnt we just drop Bev after midnight?
    we could still be celeabrating.

  • Geez Louise Dec 31, 2009

    eddie, I think they come down to represent the close of the old year.

  • gearstickk Dec 31, 2009

    Why does the acorn,pickle,apple,and the rest always come down?Why don't they start low to the ground and go up?

  • Duke _Nukem Dec 31, 2009

    The first night celebration is lame. What a lack of class by the city. Spending all that money on a acorn just to drop it from a crane. Really, a crane? Can't the city place it on a free standing strucker of it's own or on a building? Meeker spends money on other worthless projects, why not this?

  • manofjustice Dec 31, 2009

    When I moveded me and my family and my girlfriend here from Bathlaham West Virginia I saw dem purty brite lights of Raleigh and thinked I was in New York City.

  • oneday8035 Dec 31, 2009

    Boy are we lucky...what other state drops a nut and a pickle on New Years?

  • batteringram69 Dec 31, 2009

    There's obviously nothing I'd like to do more than attend the big Raleigh first night event. I mean come on, standing outside in 35 degree weather amongst 20 to 30 thousand people and listening to the Annuals? That's a hot night on the old town right there.