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Easton woman in rare air at Times Square NYE party

Karen Ford to throw confetti from rooftops.

EASTON, Pa. - Like a million others, an Easton woman will be in Times Square this New Year's Eve, but she's not going as a tourist, she'll wear an official title with her party hat.

"Confetti dispersal crew," said balloon artist Karen Ford.

Ford will be stationed on the rooftop of a building in Times Square, hand-tossing confetti as the clock strikes midnight.

"It's about three tons of confetti," said Ford.

Ford owns Events by BalloonWorks in Easton.  She says she's done a lot of high-profile events, like a Halloween party at the White House, but to be part of the Ball Drop in New York City is the experience of a lifetime.

"It's like scoring the winning touchdown in the Super Bowl for people in the events industry," said Ford.

This will be Ford's first time tossing confetti in Times Square and she calls it a bucket-list item.

She'll be among a group of about 120 people stationed on top of eight different buildings around the area.

"We get up there and there's little boxes of confetti that we have to put into big boxes of confetti, fluff it all up so it's nice and loose and then 15 seconds before midnight is when we physically start to hand-toss it down," said Ford.

Ford says she hears tossing all of that confetti may leave her arms a little sore, but it's a small price to pay for her dream gig.

"We've all seen pictures, we've seen it on TV but to actually see it from that vantage point is so exciting," said Ford.

Ford is counting down to the countdown and to a once in a lifetime start to the new year.

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