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New Year's revelers ring in 2014

SweetRivery Bakery's Alex Hymer celebrates New Year's Eve at the inaugural Masquerade Ball at The Central Building shortly after midnight Jan. 1. The event was hosted by Rivers Restaurant and Pateros Lakeshore Inn.

SweetRivery Bakery's Alex Hymer celebrates New Year's Eve at the inaugural Masquerade Ball at The Central Building shortly after midnight Jan. 1. The event was hosted by Rivers Restaurant and Pateros Lakeshore Inn.

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The Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle

TeAire Baier of Grand Coulee lights her wish lantern shortly before midnight Tuesday. The lantern flew high above Pateros and over the Columbia River.

— Nearly 50 people turned out Tuesday night to ring in 2014 at the inaugural Masquerade Ball at The Central Building events center.

Residents and visitors danced, dined and lit wish lanterns shortly before midnight as they bid adieu to 2013 and welcomed 2014 at the center located across the parking lot from Pateros Lakeshore Inn at 223 Lakeshore Drive.

The lanterns contained a fuel cell that when lit heated essentially created a hot air balloon that lifted their new year's wishes - written on the lantern - high into the air and out over the Columbia River.

Revelers also shared a champagne toast at midnight.

The event, which was the only major New Year's Eve celebration in Okanogan County, was sponsored by the inn and Rivers Restaurant, both owned by Howard and Marilyn Asmussen of Loomis.

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