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Peeps, Impersonators and Possums – 50 Quirky New Year’s Celebrations

December 28, 2010

Everyone knows about the famous ball that drops in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, but just in case you can’t get to New York or are looking for something a bit zanier, here are 50 quirky things that are dropped by cities across the US. Most have some relationship to the locale, but a couple are just because someone started it and it became tradition. In aggregating this list, I couldn’t help but notice that Pennsylvania seems to have more New Year’s spirit than many other states. Does your hometown drop anything unusual at the stroke of the New Year?

  1. Atlanta, GA – an 8 foot round, 800 pound foam and fiberglass peach
  2. Bethlehem, PA – an 85 pound glowing fiberglass resin Peep
  3. Blain, PA – a cow
  4. Brasstown, NC – a live possum (released unharmed after the descent)
  5. Dillsburg, PA – a 6 foot paper mache pickle
  6. Duncannon, PA – a 10 foot sled
  7. Easton, MD – an oversized model of a blue crab
  8. Eastport, ME – a sardine
  9. Elizabethtown, PA – M&Ms
  10. Elmore, OH – a sausage
  11. Falmouth, PA – a goat
  12. Fayetteville, AR – a hog
  13. Flagstaff, AZ – a 6 foot, 70 pound pine cone
  14. Fredericksburg, VA – A chicken wire pear covered in yellow tape
  15. Frogtown, PA – a frog (of course!)
  16. Gratz, PA – a wildcat
  17. Harrisburg, PA – a large strawberry
  18. Hershey, PA – a giant Hershey kiss (raised)
  19. Houston, TX – a star representing the Lone star state (raised)
  20. Hummelstown, PA – a lollipop
  21. Key West, FL – a live pirate wench, a giant conch shell, and a female impersonator named Sushi
  22. Lancaster, PA – a red rose (raised)
  23. Lebanon, PA – a 12 foot long, 200 pound stick of bologna
  24. Lewistown, PA – a bag of potato chips
  25. Lititz, PA – a pretzel
  26. Liverpool, PA – a canal boat
  27. Manhattan, KS – an apple
  28. Manheim, PA – an orb
  29. Mechanicsburg, PA – a wrench
  30. Memphis, TN – a brightly lit Gibson Les Paul guitar
  31. Miami, FL – an orange
  32. New Bloomfield, PA – a huckleberry
  33. New Orleans, LA – recently a pot of gumbo, but this year changing to a 9 foot tall gold fleur-de-lis
  34. New Oxford, PA – an antique trunk
  35. New York City, NY – the iconic 11,875 pound Waterford crystal ball
  36. Mobile, AL – a 12 foot round Moon Pie
  37. Mount Olive, NC – a pickle (oh, the irony!)
  38. Pensacola, FL – a 13 foot tall illuminated Pelican with a 17 foot wingspan
  39. Pittsburgh, PA – a globe
  40. Plymouth, WI – an 80 pound cheese wedge
  41. Port Clinton, OH – 19 foot, 60 pound fiberglass Walleye fish
  42. Pottsville, PA – a Yuengling Beer bottle
  43. Raleigh, NC – a 10 foot tall, 1250 pound acorn
  44. Red Lion, PA – a cigar (raised)
  45. Seattle, WA – the Space Needle elevator (raised)
  46. Seven Valleys, PA – a chicken
  47. Shippensburg, PA – an anchor
  48. Steelton, PA – a steamroller
  49. Terre Haute, IN – watermelons
  50. York, PA – a white rose
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