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Thousands Ring in the New Year at First Night State College

Folks are welcoming the new year in downtown State College Tuesday as the 2014 First Night State College festivities continue.
STATE COLLEGE, CENTRE COUNTY - Folks are ringing in the new year in downtown State College Tuesday night as the 2014 First Night State College festivities continue.

WTAJ is a proud sponsor of the family-friendly celebrations to welcome the new year.

"My resolution is to do new things," Denise Walters, of Berkley Springs, West Virginia, said.

"To eat healthier," Allison Walters, of Berkley Springs, said.

"To be more positive in life and in college," Sarah Fleegle, of Berkley Springs, said.

Allison, Sarah and Denise made the trek to First Night State College all the way from West Virginia.

"It's family-oriented and there's no alcohol, so it's fun and for everybody," Denise said. "It's neat. We've never seen anything like this. It's awesome."

Denise is looking forward to the new year.

"I'm retiring from active duty Air Force," she said. "I'm looking forward to a new career, a fresh start."

It's a fresh and cold start for folks attending Tuesday's festivities.

"This year, my husband's running in the 5K Resolution Run," Erika Watts, of State College, said. "He's been training for a 5K and he thought while we're here, he might as well try and do it, so we'll see if he stays warm."

Watts and her family are a few of hundreds enjoying the countdown to 2014.

"The kids really look forward to seeing the parade or being in the parade," she said. "Going to do the ice slide, seeing all the ice sculptures, it's just really a fun way to get outside and do something fun."

A family-friendly way to say goodbye to 2013 and hello to a fresh start.
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