Thousands gather to ring in 2018 with annual Cherry-T Ball Drop

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GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- Thousands of people rang in the new year in Traverse City last night with the 9th Annual Cherry-T Ball Drop.

A giant cherry that read "2018" was lowered with a backdrop of fireworks.

But despite the cold temperatures people still made it out into the streets for the big moment.

"It's pretty cool. It's really cold out here but there's a lot of people so it should be a lot of fun."

"It's bumpin' man. The music's really loud. It's impressive."

"It's a little chilly but not bad. Definitely worth coming out."

Every year the event raised money for local charities.

This year's donations will go towards The Salvation Army.