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Vendors Prepare for Big New Year's Crowds

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LAS VEGAS -- In the final hours of Tuesday afternoon, Michael McKarson with Urban Retail Properties was busy getting ready for the big party.

"I need two guys at cable center trucks here," McKarson said as he guided workers. "Go all the way to the end okay. I need some traffic control at cable center please."

As an operations manager, McKarson is in charge of getting 23 acres of Strip property ready for the big night.

"Typically for all of our tenants, for McDonald's, Fat Bar, and all of our stores it's their best day of the year," he said.

He helps vendors like Maria Garcia get in place.

"We have tiaras, hats going on, big beads," Garcia said.

He also accepts and directs truck loads of barriers that will be set up along the Strip.

"We do it quickly, I'm not bragging, we do it efficiently," said Gary Baratta, the president of Big Box Storage and Moving. "It takes us eight to 10 hours and it's a done deal.

As tourists were toting around novelty drinks, workers were preparing for the hundreds of thousands of guests who will spend millions of dollars.

"We have dinner at P.F. Chang's, then we're going to Calvin Harris, the next night we are going to Michael Jackson," a tourist named Sharin said.

Another tourist, Trevor, from London said, "The whole atmosphere, I think it's going to be amazing we can't wait. I think the fireworks will be brilliant."

For McKarson, it's a day that starts early and doesn't end.

"I won't go home until tomorrow morning after everything is cleaned up, so it's a long day but it's worth it for our tenants and everyone who rents from us," he said.

He's happy to do the work for New Year's Eve, but even happier, he has a full year before he has to do it again.

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