WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Students at Cape Fear Community College have been working to create the “blueberry” frame to be used for the first Burgaw New Year’s Eve Blueberry Ball Drop celebration.
Metal inert gas (MIG) welding students built the 6-foot aluminum framework over the course of three days.
“The most challenging and interesting part was creating the petals for the 'crown' on the bottom of the blueberry,” said Welding Instructor Albert Meadowcroft. "One student helped to cut and bend the petals and I assisted in tacking and welding them to the frame.”
Dark blue fabric and lights will be added to the structure to resemble a blueberry for the event.
The inaugural celebration will take place at the end of 2018, beginning at 5 p.m. in downtown Burgaw with the official drop happening at 7 p.m., which is midnight Greenwich Mean time.
"This is known as 'Blueberry Town'," said Olivia Dawson, North Carolina Blueberry Festival Director. "The North Carolina Blueberry Festival is thrilled to collaborate with the Town of Burgaw to introduce this first ever New Year's event, I look forward to it becoming a tradition for the town."
The event will be hosted at the Historic Burgaw Train Depot, located at 115 S. Dickerson St., Burgaw, NC 28425.
"We are excited to begin such a unique tradition here in Burgaw, "said Zachary White, Burgaw Parks and Recreation Director. “With this celebration we are offering our residents and visitors a unique way to ring in the new year.”