Quick note: The Patchogue ball-dropping countdown starts at 9 p.m.
Fundraising for the big Midnight on Main St. bash is moving along nicely and “everything is a go” for another New Year’s Eve celebration on the streets of Patchogue Village, organizers said.
“Right now, we’ll be able to match what we did last year,” said David Kennedy, the executive director of the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce, which is running the outdoor event.
But the chamber is still looking to raise another $5,000 to improve upon last year’s Midnight on Main St.
“We’d like to expand on the grand illumination display through Fireworks by Grucci, and improve on the height and the mechanism that raises the ball as well, which costs money,” Kennedy said.
He said the event is made possible, as was last year’s, through a large donation by Blue Point Brewing Company.
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The Patchogue Village Business Improvement District, the Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk County and the Patchogue Lions and Lionesses Lions clubs also made donations, as did each of the downtown restaurants, Kennedy said.
Last year’s inaugural event drew some 3,000 people to Patchogue Village to celebrate in the streets and watch the raising of a LED-lit New Year’s Eve ball made by North Star Signs & Neon Inc. in Patchogue.
“The original concept was it would be at midnight,” Kennedy said, adding there were some conflicts with that time, as well as the originally planned location of the Four Corners intersection at Main Street and Ocean Avenue.
So the count-down was switched to 9 p.m. and the party moved to the Capital One Plaza.
“So we came up with a nifty slogan, with Patchogue being ‘Ahead of its Time,’” Kennedy said.
The party itself starts at 8 p.m. on Dec. 31 on East Main Street near Capital One.
Photo: Last year’s Midnight on Main St. countdown. (Krystle L. DiNicola/KLD Photography)