Despite the overwhelming amount of intoxicated college-age spectators, residents of Shippensburg brought their little ones out for a good time at the annual New Year's Eve anchor drop.

Some of the children's activities included a rock climbing wall, a huge moon bounce and an inflatable slide.

"I think it is just excellent," Kate Williams of Shippensburg said. "The town does a great job for the kids."

Williams was watching as her son made his first attempt at the rock climbing wall.

For the bigger kids, there was a giant projector screen and a DJ that filled the intersection of King and Earl streets with song and dance.

Aaron Glass, a Shippensburg high school student, enjoyed his second anchor dropping.

"It's all pretty good," Glass said. "The big screen and the music are my favorite part."

The even bigger kids could find what they were looking for in the form of three bars, each of which were less than a football field away from the action. As the crowd dissipated at roughly 12:15 a.m. the bars filled back up.

This year's anchor drop even got the approval of a New Year's Eve festivity critic of sorts.

Doug Burns and his family are from New Freedom. They go to a different town every year to experience whatever it is that town is dropping.

"It's a fun time. Last year we went to Red Lion and there were less people there but it was also much colder," Burns said. "I liked the carriage ride."

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