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PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia's First Night New Year's Eve celebration

Saturday, December 31, 2011 | 10:07 p.m. CST; updated 10:55 p.m. CST, Saturday, December 31, 2011

COLUMBIA — The annual First Night celebration included art, performances and family events in venues throughout downtown. Unusually warm weather resulted in bigger-than-expected crowds for the New Year's Eve event.

Sutu Forte, of Sutu Forte and the Beethovens, plays piano at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts as part of the First Night events in Columbia on Saturday.
A crowd watches as Joseph Higgs, also known as "Nitro Joe," performs his "Wild Science Experiments" at the Daniel Boone City Building for the First Night events in Columbia on Saturday.
Ron Komoroski, 50, left, watches as his daughter, Morgan Bell, 10, dresses up at Missouri United Methodist Church as part of First Night events in Columbia on Saturday.
First Night buttons sit on a table Saturday at the event "Create and Celebrate" at the Calvary Episcopal Church for the First Night events.
Raia Dunn, 6, makes glasses with her mother, Catherine Dunn, at Calvary Episcopal Church's "Create and Celebrate" event as First Night in Columbia celebrates New Year's Eve on Saturday. The Dunns traveled from Maryland to visit Raia's grandparents, who live in Columbia.
Bill Harrison, 46, peruses the art at the Columbia Art League Gallery as part of the First Night events on New Year's Eve in Columbia.

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