The lake was certainly lit up this weekend. Thousands were drawn to Ludington to ring in the New year as Ludington ‘s eighth Annual Light Up the Lake Ball Drop occurred. Some were drawn back to the area after vacationing here for the summer, others took the trek up from Grand Rapids to celebrate with their northern neighbors. Many businesses brought out live music and midnight snacks to entice the crowd to engage with businesses.
“We’ve been busy on and off all day. It goes on cycles." Said Todd Reed from Todd and Brad Reed Photography. "Whenever it’s eating time people are not so much in the store but as you can see now, dinner's over everyone’s here enjoying road less traveled which is an amazing local band and we’re just lucky to have them in ludington.”
Mayor Kaye Holman Ferguson said about the coming year, “We started a lot of things in 2016 and I want to at least fulfill those but I'm sure we're going to do a lot of new things. Ludington is such a vibrant town and it's getting more and more that way and I just know 2017 is going to be a wonderful year.”
The 2016 Drive Safe, Drive Sober campaign was considered a success by the Ludington Police Department. A total of 1,450 individuals were transported to and from their holiday destinations and fifteen of those had their vehicles towed free of charge. There were six traffic crashes during this year’s celebration, but none of those involved injury or alcohol.