SIKESTON -- Planning ahead is advised for those who wish to ring in the new year at one of Sikeston's public New Year's Eve parties.
The Sikeston's American Legion Post 114 will be holding a New Year's dance party followed by a breakfast, according to Larry Floyd, post commander.
"We've been doing this for many years," Floyd said. "We'll have our doors open for the public. We have a capacity of 200 and after that we have to turn them away."
As the party will be "first come first served," Floyd recommended getting tickets in advance at the post. "I'm pretty sure we're going to be packed," he said.
The cost is $15 per couple or $10 per person and includes breakfast.
The dance will be held from 8:30 p.m. till 12:30 a.m., according to Floyd, and will feature live music.
"The band will be 'Neon Nights' -- we're expecting a crowd," he said. "After the dance we're going to make sure everybody has something to eat before they leave: we're going to have a huge breakfast. Breakfast will start about a 12:45 a.m."
Breakfast will include two different types of eggs, hash browns, home-made gravy, biscuits, bacon, sausage and fried potatoes with bell pepper and beef sausage.
"They should have plenty to eat," Floyd said. "We'll stay open as long as it takes for everybody to get fed."
The American Legion's party typically costs more money to host than they bring in from tickets.
"If we make any extra it goes into our veterans fund," Floyd said. "We just hope everybody has a good time and a safe way home so we can bring in the new year right."
Cheers Bar & Grill is also anticipating a large crowd, according to owner Joyce Winchester.
"We're taking reservations," Winchester said. "They're not necessary, but I recommend them."
Live music by "Slight Return" will begin at 9 p.m., according to Winchester, and dinner will be served until 10 p.m.
"We're going to have a special menu -- not our regular menu," she noted. "And we're going to be having drawings all night long, free gifts."
The cost for Cheers' party is also $10 per person or $15 for a couple.
Danny's Place is also accepting reservations for its New Year's Eve party.
"We're already about half full right now," said owner Danny Bridger. "We're taking the first 80 people."
Festivities at Danny's will begin with a dinner at 7 p.m. A sound system and karaoke will be the entertainment.
The cost of $15 per person includes dinner and party favors.
Designated drivers are available at all the events which is good news for law enforcement.
"We will be looking at possible special enforcement measures such as increased patrols and DWI checkpoints," Drew Juden, director of the Sikeston Department of Public Safety, said of the holidays. "We just encourage everybody if they are going to go to a party to use a designated driver."