First Night State College Preparations Begin

By Mallory Lane

Published 12/30 2013 05:17PM

Updated 12/30 2013 05:50PM

STATE COLLEGE, CENTRE COUNTY - Preparations for the 2014 First Night State College are underway.

If you're still looking for something to do for New Year's Eve, look no further.

Downtown State College has been buzzing Monday with folks preparing for Tuesday's festivities. This year marks the annual event's 20th anniversary.

"That's the hardest part, after 20 years, how do you come up with something new," Ernie DiMartino, of DiMartino Ice, said.

It's a challenge he's ready to take.

"It's our biggest job," DiMartino said. "It's the biggest crowd, it's the largest sculptures, it's the most sculptures, so it gives our team a challenge."

This is his 20th year carving ice sculptures for First Night State College.

"WE enjoy the look in the spectators eyes as we are carving," DiMartino said. "Especially the youngsters, when you can see their eyes get really big."

"I just love to see the transformation from these blocks of ice to some magical sculpture," Amy Plummer, of State College, said.

Plummer is watching the magic begin with her son, a tradition she's been waiting all year for.

"It's such cool work. We usually come for the race and then we'll walk around," she said.

From ice sculptures to a 5K Resolution Run, First Night State College Director, Rick Bryant, says there's something for everyone.

"They'll see a lot of great ice sculptures, they'll have an opportunity to declare their resolutions at our resolutions sculpture," Bryant said. "People can go to a church or a downtown theater and see a performance. It's a wonderful way to spend the New Year's holiday."

About 600 people are signed up to run in the 5K Resolution Run as of Monday afternoon.

To check out Tuesday's schedule, visit the First Night State College website.

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