SUNBURY — Even though temperatures dipped to just above freezing, several hundred children arrived at Cameron Park in order to ring in the new year with some games and fun during the 5th Sunbury Revitalization Inc., New Years Eve Celebration.

The "Countdown in the Downtown," kicked off at 6 p.m. with several children's activities in Cameron Park.

Several families packed the park and watched live entertainment and played games, all for free, thanks to Sunbury Revitalization Inc., 

"This is an awesome thing they do here," Nicole Bower-Pickering, of Paxinos said. "This is our first time and I am very impressed."

Bower-Pickering was with her son Aiden, 2, and she said she would return next year.

"It was just such a nice event," Bower-Pickering said. "The kids are having a blast."

Colleen Reitz, of Dornsife, and her granddaughter Adalyn Gallagher, 2, also were enjoying the night out.

"It's great that they do this for the community," Reitz said. "We will be back for sure next year."

The hot chocolate was flowing and the children were eating cookies and Karen Bower, of Paxinos, said she was also impressed with the amount of activities provided.

"It was just so nice to find out the games were free and everything was free," she said. "This is something that we will look forward to coming to every year."

Horse drawn carriage rides and free ice skating at the Sunbury Ice Skating Rink were also provided by Sunbury Revitalization Inc.

The children's portion ended at around 9 p.m. and SRI then provided adult entertainment with two Valley rock bands and a VIP tent filled with food and alcoholic beverages. 

The VIP tickers were sold for $30 and it included complimentary beverages and food courtesy of: Paulie's, McGuigan's Public House, The Hotel Edison, Sunbury Elks Lodge, The Chestnut Street Inn, Route 61 Roadhouse and The Packer House. The tent gave those who purchased VIP tickets prime viewing for the entertainment and the lighting of the famous Thomas Edison Lightbulb at Midnight, in front of the Hotel Edison.

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