A magical New Years Eve in downtown Dothan

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DOTHAN, Al (WTVY) - Rain or shine, Dothan's first ever ‘Downtown Countdown’ rang in a success!

The weather couldn’t stop hundreds of families and friends from gathering in downtown Dothan for singing, mingling and of course the downtown countdown with a 10 ft. tall peanut lowered on Foster Street.

“It's something different,” explained Dothan resident Elizabeth Foster. “We're Alabama, we're the state of the peanut so I think this is really amazing."

It was an experience one Wiregrass girl hopes to see again.

"I think they should do it next year, “said 8-year-old Autumn Fulford. “Because it looks cool and they practice really hard to drop it and make it go up that high and make it stay."

The peanut could be spotted high in the sky attached to a crane above the downtown Dothan clock tower. It grabbed the attention of couples eager to ring in the New Year together.

"We come out here to enjoy the New Year,” said Brandy Richards. “Rain, shine, it doesn't matter. We're excited to bring in 2017."

An experience that drew the community closer together as one year ended and a new one began.

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