It has been a 13-year staple of New Year's Eve for Sunnyside High School students, but this year's Midnight Live event will feature a number of significant changes.
After more than 10 years in the Sunnyside High School gym, Midnight Live will be hosted by the Sunnyside Community Center this year. The venue change occurred because of construction at the high school.
The Sunnyside Community Center is a significantly smaller space than the high school, but Sunnyside Police Chief Ed Radder says there will still be plenty of exciting events, games and fun offered at this year's event.
Sign in begins at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 31, and the event will end at 12:30 a.m.
Radder says, "This allows youth to wind down and get home and off the streets before adult partying comes to an end."
Potential activities for Midnight Live are still being considered, but there will likely be a Wii station, lots of games and plenty of good food to eat.
Organizers are also toying with the idea of staging a dance and possibly a basketball game between local youth and Sunnyside police officers, though Radder says these plans have not been finalized and could very well change.
Radder was a big proponent in ensuring that Midnight Live was held this year, despite the loss of the high school as its venue. He stated that police incidents following the first Midnight Live in 1997 were down from the year before.
"This gives youth an opportunity to have an enjoyable evening that is safe and drug and alcohol free," he says.