The City of McAllen crews were hard at work all last week putting together the ball that will drop on New Year’s Eve for Heart of the City’s 2010 Drop the Ball New Year’s Eve Bash.

“It’s around 700 lights,” said Executive Director for The Heart of the City Improvement Corporation (HOTC) Joe Rodriguez. “The lights were donated by Illuminations.”

This year HOTC has had a full year to plan dilligently the event for club goers and families.

“Last year we had six weeks to start it and we did it,” Rodriguez said. “We had 40,000 people in and out from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Now that we had more time, we’re expecting more people, and we have expanded the New Year’s Bash from three blocks to 10 blocks using 17th Street and Beaumont.”

Entertainment will be on Beaumont Street. Dulce Maria Gonzalez, The Manhattan Show, Marshall Law, Highway 7, Frontera Jazz Quartet and Boombasta.

Along with the two stages, the food vendors will be on Beaumont Street. Some of the types of food include fajitas, brisket, menudo, fried pickles and twinkies, funnel cakes and gator bites.

For families who have small children there will be a kiddieland provided by Bill Dillard.

Alcohol will only be allowed in the beer garden areas only.

“There will be two beer gardens,” Rodriguez said. “Alcohol cannot be consumed while walking on the streets, yet. What they have given us is an area where we call a beer garden. We like to pick a block, and we put gates because that’s what we’re working with. It’s a first step to a long journey because before we didn’t have that (beer garden) at all.”

There will be a VIP area on the fifth floor of the parking garage on 221 S. 15th Street.

For more information on the event contact HOTC at 956-686-4357.