New Year's Eve celebrations aren't always geared toward the teenage crowd.



Many organized parties or celebrations are often targeted toward those old enough to drink or at least those old enough to get into the various bars or clubs. Teens don't always have a multitude of options when it comes to celebrating the end of one year and the start of another.



But Dalton James Windsor, popular radio personality and owner of Dalton's Event Facility, is trying to change that this year.

New Year's Eve celebrations aren't always geared toward the teenage crowd.

Many organized parties or celebrations are often targeted toward those old enough to drink or at least those old enough to get into the various bars or clubs. Teens don't always have a multitude of options when it comes to celebrating the end of one year and the start of another.

But Dalton James Windsor, popular radio personality and owner of Dalton's Event Facility, is trying to change that this year.

Windsor said he is "re-inventing" his traditional Dalton's Rockin' New Year's Eve event this year at his facility to allow only teenagers to participate. The teen bash, the first for Dalton's, will feature several activities, including door prizes, dancing and a Guitar Hero jam session. A snack and soda bar also will be available throughout the evening. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday and continue on until 12:30 a.m. on New Year's Day. A $10 admission fee is the only charge for the event.

Windsor said he hopes that by offering the event, area teens will have an opportunity to celebrate New Year's Eve in a way unlike anything else offered locally.

"We really feel like there is a need to have a nice, safe environment for kids to go do something," Windsor said. "A lot of time, the parents go out and they'll hit the casinos or the night clubs. This is something that we feel will really fill the void for kids of southeast Kansas."

No alcohol will be served at the event and smoking is not permitted at the facility. Windsor said the event will be conducted in a way that should cause no concern for parents.

"We want to run it respectfully," he said. "We want the parents to be able to trust that we're going to help take care of their kids on New Year's Eve."

Windsor said he decided to offer the teen-only event as opposed to his usual New Year's Eve party as a way to change things up a bit.

"The Rockin' New Year's Eve events in the past were fun and they were really well attended," he said. "But it just wasn't impacting like I wanted it to. To me, it was almost like another weekend out here. And that's fine. That's not a bad thing. But we just really wanted it to be more."

Dalton's Event Facility is located at 979 S. 190th Street in Pittsburg.