FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Folks get ready for New Years in 1992
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Just one day after we celebrated the New Year -- Eric Day takes us back -- as folks in Wausau got ready to ring in 1992.
If it rattles, whistles or just makes noise, it's a big seller for New Year's Eve.
In fact, sales of new year's horns and party favors rival those of Christmas decorations at this store in Schofield.
"Generally, everybody coming in today is last minute shopping. In previous years we've sold something off of our toy aisle as long as it did something to make noise."
But where will the parties be this year? That's a question that still has people thinking.
"Driving on New Year's Eve is kind of scary in itself, not only with the drunken driving laws but you don't know what every body else has been doing with drinking."
"I think the trend is a lot of people are drinking at home and this New Year's Eve, I think a lot of people are going to party at home. They don't want to go out to the bars and risk getting picked up."
So sales of non-alcoholic drinks have picked up, while wines and champagnes are still the drinks of choice for those staying home.
For those looking for a way to ring in 1992 away from home, activities this year will offer something new.
"We are going to have our casino night where they can gamble with play money. At the end of the gambling they will be able to use the money they won for prizes that will be auctioned off."
"The idea is to check into the hotel, come back here and have a good time with their friends, large groups, and then not have to drive."