MYRTLE BEACH. SC (WMBF) – A Southern Times Square returns for a third year. Crews set up for the third annual Southern Times Square in the Market Common at 6 a.m. Organizers say the event requires a full year of planning.
This is the New York Times Square style event at the Market Common. Organizers say last year the event attracted more than 7,000 people and this year they expect even more.
Organizers have to get permits from the city to shut down the streets within the Market Common, request barricades and cones, set up over-flow parking, hire street food and spirits vendors, bands, speak with the local restaurants and shops to make sure they are willing to stay open later, and work with local police officers, hire outside officers, and of course utilize their own security.
Heather Gray with Market Common management says all the planning is well worth it.
"I believe that all of us, through life... That we have grown up watching Times Square in New York City and we're able to mimic that in a smaller setting and that just draws people," Heather Gray said.
This year the ball will be lit with 96 LED lights and there will be a new and free kid's zone.
"We wanted to make it where, people are coming out... and not having to worry about baby sitting and things of that nature. If the children can be involved, and also, celebrate the new year with their parents as well," Gray said.
Gray says the Market Common Office was taking calls from people looking to travel from Charlotte, Charleston, and Columbia for the New Year's Eve event.
Organizers say the goal is to keep people coming back and they plan to bring at least one new element to the event every year.