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Tryon ball drop heralds new year

At 10 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, area residents gathered at the clock tower on Trade Street in Tryon to watch the ball drop from the tower and welcome a new year. Organizers of the event claimed Tryon’s 10 p.m. ball drop was the first in the nation, beating the famed Times Square event by a full two hours and setting a “celebratory tone” for the rest of the nation to follow.