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December 31, 2013

A colorful New Year's Eve

Bars, youth groups, venues and downtown have music and contests planned


There will be some new features alongside those mainstays, though.

“It’s going to be a blast,” she said.

This year, a group of daring people will compete for $100 in the doughnut throwdown.

Each contestant in the contest will have 14 glazed doughnuts placed in front of them. The first person to eat all 14 wins.

Not your cup of tea? How about an adult trike war?

Teams of four will compete against each other. Two riders, each with their own guide, will navigate through an obstacle course. There’s a catch, though. The riders are blindfolded.

Alexander said the race initially wasn’t going to involve blindfolds, but this poses a unique challenge.

“It makes it more fun,” she said.

The guides will scream out directions for their riders.

“They’ll be there yelling, ‘Left. Left. Right. Faster. Over here,’” Alexander said.

There likely will be 15 different heats in the war. The winning team claims a $250 prize.

The celebration also includes music, light and stage shows that start at 10:30 p.m. Dance, sing and jam the night away, Alexander said.

Pepperwhistle, Planet Mind, Main Street Café and Cook McDoogal’s will open up for the event. The Irish pub will remain open until 3 a.m.

All across town, bars and venues will host special parties and musical acts to bring in 2014. Musical groups Inside Out, Losing September, Zakk Knight Band and Downtime Band will perform in Kokomo tonight.

There’s even something to keep teens safe and out of trouble.

Area youth groups banded together with Bridges Outreach to again host the New Year’s Eve overnight bash at Northwestern High School.

Last year, more than 600 sixth- to 12th-graders joined the party.

“We were pretty floored so many students showed up,” said Casey Cline, with Bridges Outreach. “It showed us that kids are looking for something to do.”

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