Kids beach ball drop

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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - This is the 10th year of the New Year's Eve Beach Ball Drop Celebration and every year the kids who come out to Pier Park get to have fun with a tradition that's just for them.

There's some excitement in Pier Park as people were anxious for 2018 to arrive, all while braving the cold.

"It's really cold, the first time I've worn a stock cap a the beach," said one local.

But before the clock hits midnight some parents and their children practiced for the real thing. 10,000 beach balls were released for an early New Year's Eve Celebration.

"I got it while it was falling, the first one I could find like reach to," said participant, Ansley Dolph. "It was hard, it was hard catching them," said another participant.

Some of the kids we spoke to said it was a lot of fun. Some people said the coolest part was spending time with family. Some parents said it was a good way to celebrate early and get their kids back in bed. Others said they're kids were planning to celebrate all night long.

Now all those beach balls didn't blow themselves up. Saturday, volunteers and students on the Mosley High School softball team helped put air into the beach balls.