MANHATTAN, Kan. — Thousands of New Year’s Eve revelers are expected to turn out in the Kansas town known as the Little Apple for a ball-drop event modeled after the one in New York’s Times Square.

Manhattan is staging its annual New Year’s Eve celebration in the Aggieville bar and entertainment district. Sunday’s festivities begin at 10:30 p.m. and include music and fireworks. The event culminates at midnight with the “Little Apple” drop.

It’s reminiscent of the ball drop in the Big Apple, a Times Square tradition for more than a century. Last year’s Aggieville festivities were marred by a technical glitch. The winch that drops the apple malfunctioned a few hours before the event and efforts to fix it were unsuccessful. That left the apple atop the pole at midnight.

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