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Byrd Theatre Manager "Disappointed" in Carytown New Year's Cancellation

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RICHMOND (WRIC) - After plans to raise the ball in Carytown on New Year's Eve were canceled, one of the key organizers of the event speaks out about why he didn't want to scrap the celebration.

The Byrd Theatre's General Manager Todd Schall-Vess helped create the first ever Carytown New Year's Eve ball raise. Since 2006, he's been in charge or raising it up when the clock strikes midnight.

This year, as a resident and event organizer, he says he's extremely disappointed.

"I can guarantee you, this ball has risen for the last time it's going to in Carytown."

The Carytown Merchants Association says the event was getting too big for the area, citing safety concerns and issues with trespassing and littering.

Hamooda, Shami, owner of Don't Look Back Restaurant and Bar says he has mixed emotions. He says the crowds did get big, but that also means big business.

"[I'm] pretty bummed about it. It's a very unique Richmond event, so hopefully we can get it back."

Residents are also upset.

But no one is as upset as Schall-Vess, who says the whole point was to start a tradition and keep it going.

"Anything that you do that becomes big and popular and draws a lot of people is going to be potentially problematic. But I don't think the response to that is don't do it."

The president of the Carytown Merchants Association says he understands that people are upset, but they wanted to avoid something happening or people getting hurt at this event. They are also looking for a bigger and better venue for next New Year's Eve.


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