People in the Pine Belt spent the last day of 2011 preparing for the new year in many different ways. Some took advantage of the unusually warm weather for a bicycle ride on the Longleaf Trace.
Others prepared for New Year's Eve church services, while some folks bought party supplies for a holiday party or two.
"Oh, I think it's a great day and great weather and we just decided we needed to go bike-riding today, so the wife and I are down here riding the Trace," said Thomas Rogers of Laurel.
"We're just looking for fun stuff, hats, and whistles and glitter," said Cassey Madison of Purvis, who went holiday shopping at Hattiesburg's Ultimate Party store.
"It's been wild and fun, just a lot of people...getting ready to have fun tonight," said David Booth, assistant manager of Ultimate Party.
Booth said the New Year's holiday actually ranks behind Halloween, graduation and Mardi Gras most years when it comes to sales of party supplies.
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