More than 10,000 beach balls blown up for New Year's Eve

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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - For parents who know their child can't stay awake until midnight, Pier Park is having a kids New Year's Eve Beach Ball Drop at 8 p.m. Sunday.

On New Year's Eve, Pier Park will drop the big beach ball when the clock strikes midnight. At 8 p.m., more than 10,000 beach balls will drop for kids.

Saturday afternoon, members of the Mosley High School softball team blew up the beach balls. Some viewed it as a team building activity.

"We work well as a team. You get on your teams and one person blows them up the other person ties them off. It's just a good time to be all together and give back to the community," said Josie Williams, junior at Mosley High School.

Others were excited to give the kids their own special New Year's Eve tradition.

"I think it's pretty cool that they get their own ball drop. They get to participate and have the same amount of fun as adults would," said Jessica Fuqua, a senior at Mosley High School.

"There was enough so everybody could get one, it wasn't nobody got one. Everyone felt included," said Liz Hoewt, a sophomore at Mosley High School.

One little girl seemed more interested in playing with the beach balls than blowing them up.

The Mosley High School softball players told us they also blow up the beach balls for the annual pirate festival at Pier Park.