Bouncing beach balls, popping bubble wrap and souvenir balloons were the highlights for many at Julie K’s Happy Noon Year Celebration at Five Points in Washington on Dec. 31.

Bouncing beach balls, popping bubble wrap and souvenir balloons were the highlights for many at Julie K’s Happy Noon Year Celebration at Five Points in Washington on Dec. 31.

“My favorite part was getting the balloons,” said Kyrsten Ringel, 4.

After a countdown to the “Noon Year,” hundreds of balloons fell from the rafters onto the crowd of nearly 1,000 as the clock struck midday.

“It’s a fantastic way for parents and grandparents to spend that quality time with their children and ring in the New Year,” said Julie Walker, better known as Julie K.

Young and old sang along in the interactive show, featuring songs about a trip to the zoo, ice cream and loving your family.

“We have her CDs; we know her songs; we sing them in the car,” said Maureen Langholf of Peoria, who brought sons Dylan, 6, and Dominic, 4. “It’s fun just to have a daytime thing for them because they’re in bed by midnight.”

The Dec. 31 celebration marked the third annual event for Walker, who has released three children’s music CDs.

“We love Miss Julie,” Melissa Linthicum of Brimfield said. “This is our fifth show.”
Linthicum’s two daughters, Lexi, 5, and Layni, 3, enjoyed the show and the balloons they were allowed to take home.

Lexi liked the song “Animal Party” best, “because it’s my favorite,” while Layni added, “I just like Miss Julie’s singing.”

While children named the song about trains, the balloons or the bubble wrap as a favorite moment during the celebration, interacting with the little ones is the highlight for the star of the show.
“I enjoy watching the kids’ faces,” Walker said. “We just pull out all the stops (for Noon Years).”