On New Year’s Eve, the vast majority of you will either be in New York City watching the ball drop or you’ll be watching the Times Square celebration on television. But why not make this tradition even more fun by dropping a wooden cow from a silo or a replica of the world’s largest ‘shoe house’?
Well, in Pennsylvania, you can.
PA boasts the record for having the most diverse listing of things dropped throughout the state on New Years Eve.
Here’s my pick for the craziest of the crazy Pennsylvania New Year’s Eve droppings:
A 100+ pound stick of Lebanon Bologna is dropped. The owner of Lebanon Bologna is Godshall's Quality Meats who donates the giant meat stick for the festivity, which is encased in a frame and suspended from a fire department ladder truck. When the celebration is over, the bologna is donated to a local rescue mission.
A yellow illuminated Peep made out of fiberglass is dropped. This heavenly display of yumminess weighs in at 85 pounds and measures 4½ feet tall, 5 feet wide, and 6 feet long. The marshmallow treat was born in Bethlehem and is still manufactured there today - talk about a going into the new year with a sugar hangover!
Two pickles are dropped, one at midnight UTC (known to the locals as ‘Mrs. Pickle) and the other at midnight EST. The two pickles have progressed through life together as their story evolves year after year. In 2011, the Mrs. was pregnant, which means we might be on the lookout for a third pickle drop in 2012.
A pair of yellow "britches" is dropped. Yellow Breeches Creek goes through the village which is why they drop this item. (Legend has it that when the British troops crossed the creek, the water stained their uniform pants yellow.)
A stuffed goat is dropped. This small community in the shadows of the Three Mile Island power plant, has an annual goat racing day in September. The dropping of a stuffed goat is in honor of their fall tradition.
Here’s a short list of other things towns drop throughout Pennsylvania:
(Links are all to YouTube videos of past events. Here A Year is not responsible for the content on those videos.)
-Allentown: A Liberty Bell replica is dropped to commemorate when the original was stored in Allentown during the Revolutionary War.
-Akron: A shoe is dropped.
-Beavertown: A beaver is dropped.
-Blain: A wooden cow is dropped from a silo.
-Bradford: A ball is dropped.
-Carlisle: An Indy car is dropped.
-Cleona: A pretzel is raised.
-Cornwall: A Cannonball Drop commemorates the historic Cornwall Iron Furnace.
-Duncannon: A sled is dropped.
-Easton: A ten-foot Crayola crayon is dropped at 8pm to accommodate children's bedtimes.
-Elizabethtown: A giant M&M is dropped at midnight UTC to correspond with its sister city in Ireland.
-Frogtown: A frog is dropped.
-Gratz: A wildcat is dropped.
-Halifax: A Hemlock tree is dropped.
-Hallam: A replica of the Haines Shoe House is dropped.
-Harrisburg: A strawberry is dropped.
-Hershey: A Hershey Kiss replica is raised.
-Hummelstown: A lollipop is dropped.
-Ickesburg: A french fry is dropped.
-Lancaster: A red rose is raised.
-Lewistown: A bag of Hartley's potato chips is dropped.
-Lititz: A Moravian star is raised.
-Liverpool: A canal boat is dropped.
-Manheim: A ball is raised.
-McClure: A kettle is dropped in honor of the Bean Soup Festival.
-Mechanicsburg: A wrench is dropped.
-Middletown: A metal Rhombicuboctahedron is dropped.
-New Bloomfield: A box huckleberry is dropped.
-New Oxford: An antique trunk is dropped.
-Newville: A big spring is dropped.
-Palmyra: "The Giant Shoe" is dropped.
-Pittsburgh: A ball representing Earth, made of recycled materials, is raised.
-Philadelphia: A ball is dropped.
-Port Royal: A sprint car is dropped.
-Pottsville: A bottle of Yuengling beer is raised.
-Red Lion: A wooden cigar held by a lion is raised.
-Richland: A cigar is dropped.
-Shippensburg: An anchor is dropped.
-Strasburg: Ping pong balls are dropped.
-Shamokin: Coal dropped, turned into a diamond at the bottom.
-Wilkes-Barre: Coal dropped,turned into a diamond at the bottom.
-York: A white rose is dropped.
Posted on Mon, December 31, 2012
by Drew Elliot filed under