Silverado Franklin dropping 2019 ball, planning 2020 upgrades

People looking to ring in 2019 among some festive crowds can look to Deadwood for their New Year’s Eve celebrations.

The Silverado Franklin Hotel & Gaming Complex invites the public to countdown to 2019 during their annual New Year’s Eve party.

The historic spot will give away $500 every 20 minutes throughout the party.

Visitors can take a break from the festivities at the stroke of midnight, when the casino will drop the New Year’s ball to ring in 2019.

However, the casino is looking beyond 2019, as they plan to install a parapet to make the ball drop more visible to the public in future years.

Franklin Hotel Manager John Rystrom said that the rooftop upgrade should improve the looks of the annual spectacle.

“Along with the new parapet, we’re looking forward to next year having it completed – it should be completed in the next couple of weeks,” Rystrom said. “It’ll actually enhance the ball drop and the visual effect you’ll see as a spectator downstairs.”

The celebrations will continue into January 1 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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