Tryon rings in 2020

Published 11:10 pm Thursday, January 2, 2020

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Tryon – The year 2020 was welcomed around the world as we closed one decade and began a new one. Among the many celebrations was the grandest of them all right here in Tryon.


The Tryon Downtown Development Association (TDDA) hosted the annual Tryon Midnight, a free community event thanks to a grant from the Polk County Community Foundation.

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The event was held on Trade Street and began at 7:00 p.m. on New Years Eve and ended around 10:00 p.m. with the iconic ball drop by Dean Trakas from the Clock Tower. 


Attendees were encouraged to grab some New Year’s gear from a table fully decorated with hats, glasses and anything you could imagine you’d need to ring in the New Year. Along with fun attire, guests also had the opportunity to show up in their best ‘20’s attire to compete in the costume contest. Tables of games and activities lined Trade Street, including a scavenger hunt that had event goers running up and down Trade. There was also free food and warm drinks to enjoy. 


Jamie Carpenter, TDDA Executive Director said, “Tryon Midnight is such a great time to get together with your neighbors and friends to ring in the New Year. We can’t thank the Polk County Community Foundation enough for their free community events grant program that has allowed this event to provide free activities and food for all to enjoy. The crowd this year was the biggest yet, and the community spirit during the event rang in the new year with a great boost of energy for Tryon.”

By Carson Parnell