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Utahns ring in the new year at Eve WinterFest in Salt Lake City

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Posted at 9:16 PM, Dec 31, 2015
and last updated 2016-01-01 00:11:21-05

SALT LAKE CITY -- Thousands of Utahns rang in 2016 at Eve WinterFest in downtown Salt Lake City Thursday, and this marks the seventh year of the tradition--which is the biggest New Year's Eve party in the state.

Organizers say they broke sale records this year. Eve WinterFest provides entertainment for all ages until midnight with things like live music, bounce houses, games and food and drinks.

This is the second year in a row the event used the 25,000-pound mirror ball, the largest in North America, but this year there were some changes.

"Last year we had it suspended over the crowd, everyone was disappointed it didn't drop like the crystal ball in Times Square, but this year they're going to drop it, take it up to 90 feet and then slowly drop it down with a 30 second countdown to the stage," said Jason Mathis, Executive Director of the Downtown Alliance.

Organizers say the event was very successful and they hope next year is bigger and better.

For more details on Eve WinterFest, visit their website.