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SPACE NEEDLE EXPECTING RECORD-BREAKING CROWDS FOR 'TIMES SQUARE OF THE WEST' NEW YEAR'S EVE

 SPACE NEEDLE EXPECTING RECORD-BREAKING CROWDS
 FOR 'TIMES SQUARE OF THE WEST' NEW YEAR'S EVE
 SEATTLE, Nov. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Record-breaking crowds are expected to gather at the base of the Space Needle for its seventh annual New Year's Eve extravaganza, "Times Square of the West," the Space Needle said today.
 At 92 seconds to midnight (for 1992) the specially lit north elevator rises on the darkened Needle, one of the Northwest's most prominent symbols, built for the 1962 World's Fair. Making its ascent, it leaves a streak of lights as the thousands gathered at the Needle's base are led in a countdown to zero.
 At precisely midnight the elevator reaches the Space Needle's tophouse, and thousands of multi-colored lights illuminate the sky. Two sets of 12-foot numerals proclaiming "1992" flash on the underside of the Needle's spaceship-like halo and on the north side of the Needle's tophouse as "The Beatniks," entertaining the crowds since 9 p.m., concludes the evening's festivities with "Auld Lang Syne."
 This is the seventh year for the safe and sane, no-alcohol-allowed family oriented event and it will kick off the Needle's year-long 30th Anniversary Celebration. More than 50,000 revelers have come to the Space Needle to celebrate the coming of the New Year since "Times Square of the West" began in 1985. Kim E. Kimmy, Space Needle director of marketing who helped to develop the party seven years ago, explained, "West coast residents needed their own extravaganza in their own time zone because it's celebrating the very moment a year ends and the new one begins. To watch New York's show on TV defeats the purpose. That happened three hours ago for those of us living in the West."
 Two local radio stations will be broadcasting from the base of the Space Needle. At 7 p.m., KBSG's Danny Holiday begins a countdown of the top 97 oldies, as voted by their listeners, from the ticket booth at the base of the Space Needle. "The Beatniks" play oldies from the 1960s and '70s from 9 p.m. to midnight at the Oldies 97.3 KBSG stage. The "Fabulous Lipsync All-Stars" provide high-energy entertainment breaks throughout the evening. At 10 p.m., KOMO Radio AM 1000 air personality Keith Jonasson leads a remote broadcast.
 There are also three separate parties, all non-smoking, inside the world-famous attraction. The 520-foot Observation Deck is host to a stand-up reception style party, "Dancing in the Sky with K-L-S-Y." KLSY (92.5 FM) Radio air personalities emcee an evening of dancing to a DJ sound system and hors d'oeuvres are served. Other entertainment includes fortune tellers and palm readers.
 An evening of fine dining and dancing on a rotating floor are the activities for the 500-foot revolving restaurant level, "Swingin' 'Round the Sound," hosted by Classic KING FM (98.1). Guests at this non-smoking black-tie optional party enjoy an elegant five-course meal while listening to the "Orchestra Seattle Ensemble," a classical quartet. After dinner, guests indulge in a dessert buffet and dance as the "Doug Zanger Group" plays dancing music from the '40s to the '90s.
 The 100-foot Skyline Level party, "A Night Above 'Z' Town," is hosted by KPLZ Radio (101.5 FM). Guests start dancing at 8 p.m. to Top 40 hits by "Ric Hansen Dances." "The Magnificent Castro," takes center stage, performing magic from 9 to 10 p.m. "The Holidays" play high-voltage originals with classic party cover tunes from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. The evening's festivities from this party are broadcast live on KPLZ.
 Reservations for all three indoor parties must be made in advance through Ticketmaster (206-628-0888) and are non-refundable. The festivities at the base of the Space Needle will, as in past years, be free and open to the public.
 Seattle's monorail runs until 2:30 a.m. to transport revelers to downtown hotels in further efforts to keep traffic at a minimum.
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 /CONTACT: Kim E. Kimmy of the Space Needle, 206-443-9700/ CO: Space Needle ST: Washington IN: ENT SU:


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