If you’re looking for a way to ring in the new year, downtown Bangor has plenty to offer.Meghan Hayward gives us a sneak peek.Downtown countdown is in its fifth year. Organizers say it’s grown.They didn’t leave the children out.The Maine Discovery Museum is the place to be for kids.”From 4 to 7, right off it’s going to be free admittance for everyone. From 4 to almost 6 we are making noisemakers and decorating them and hats. Right close to 6:00 we’re going to do a parade throughout the museum.”The children will also count up to 12 and then wish everyone a Happy New Year.”Well it gives the kids something to participate in that’s normally for adults. It gives them a chance to celebrate on their level.”The Bangor Police Department will be doing its part to make sure folks have a fun and safe holiday.Several roads will be closed.”And that’s going to include West Market Square and parts of Main Street. So West Market Square and Broad Street at 3:00 tomorrow will be shut down and it will be closed till Saturday morning at 10 am.”Of course all of the events lead up to the ball being dropped in West Market Square.And this year Mike Dow and Mike Elliot from the Mike and Mike Show have the privilege.”We really consider it a great honor when you look at the long list of dignitaries that have done this.”The might have some tricks up their sleeves.”I was thinking this was a great opportunity to do what I call performance art. So we’ll be dropping the ball, also be emptying a wheel barrel full of baked beans.””No there will be no beans. It’s New Year’s Eve and people do not want to have beans draining down upon them.”Jokes aside, they both say it’s a perfect way to ring in the new year.”From what I understand the buzz this year is greater than ever and I think a big thing is going to be the weather and it looks like it’s going to be a great night for it.”A complete list of all the events can be downloaded from www.downtownbangor.com.