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Balls Dropping


"What started in New York City, our lighted pole, has been copied around the country, and each part of the country puts its own little spin on it,"

Some of the other drops going on around the United States on New Year's Eve with crabs, pirates and cheeses all set to fall.


1. Key West, Florida - Conch, drag queen and pirate

Choose to watch a conch, drag queen, or pirate wench descend at midnight. Duval Street hosts two celebrations, including the 16th annual conch shell drop from the roof of Sloppy Joe's Bar and the lowering of local legend Drag Queen Sushi in her glittering six-foot tall, red, high-heeled shoe. Along the harbor, the Schooner Wharf Bar lowers a costumed "pirate wench."

2. Bethlehem, Pennsylvania - marshmallow "peep"

Although Bethlehem, Pennsylvania is widely recognized for its Christmas attractions, its New Year's Eve Peep drop has been a sweet tradition for three years running. A 25-pound fiberglass illuminated Peep, an animal shaped marshmallow, is dropped from a crane at midnight with entertainment.

3. Port Clinton, Ohio- fish

Now in its 14th year, the self-proclaimed "Walleye Capital of the World" drops a 20-foot, 600-pound fiberglass walleye fish named Wylie from the sky at midnight.

4. Mount Olive, North Carolina- pickles

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Mount Olive's pickle drop, where a three-foot tall, glowing pickle makes a 45-foot plunge down the Mount Olive Pickle Company's flagpole into a redwood pickle tank.

5. Elmore, Ohio - sausages

Inspired by the town's longest running business, Tank's Meats, Elmore's locals drop a brilliantly lit, 18-foot sausage from the sky to welcome in the New Year. The celebration also includes zany events like a raw sausage toss, the sausage eating contest and a "dress your dog" contest for children.

6. Lebanon, Pennsylvania- bologna

Weighing in at 120 pounds, Lebanon's seven-and-a-half-foot edible bologna has been the star of this town's New Year's Eve celebration for more than seven years. This free annual celebration lists the help of a city fire department ladder truck to lower the super-sized bologna at midnight.

7. New Orleans, Louisiana - gumbo pot

Following Hurricane Katrina, the city of New Orleans added a new tradition to their annual New Year's Eve celebration by dropping a paper mache gumbo pot at midnight. At midnight, fireworks go off along the Mississippi River, accompanying the majestic gumbo pot drop.

8. Easton, Maryland- crab

For the past five years, First Night Talbot in Easton, Maryland has been ringing in the new year with a giant crab drop. Around 1,500 people come out to see the monstrous replica of a steamed red crab descend.

9. Plymouth, Wisconsin - cheese

In a town known for producing high quality cheese, it's no surprise that Plymouth, Wisconsin rings in the new year by dropping a big hunk of their beloved dairy product at midnight. Sadly, the cheese is not edible, but it's an impressive sight.

10. Raleigh, North Carolina- acorn
The town borrows a 1,250 pound copper acorn from the city's Moore Square to star in the New Year' countdown. Known as the "City of Oaks," Raleigh has been dropping this massive acorn for the past 18 years at 7:30 p.m. and again at midnight.

12. In Mechanicsburg,PA a wrench is dropped on New Year's Eve.

13. In Atlanta, an 800-pound fiberglass peach will be dropped from the top of a 138-foot tower of lights in what has been billed as the Southeast's largest New Year's Eve celebration.

14. The carp drop in Prairie du Chien, Wis.,  Nicknamed "Lucky," the carp is lowered onto a throne as the new year arrives.

Other Mentionable Droppings:

Acorn - Raleigh, N.C.
Car - Carlisle, Pa.
Carp - Prairie du Chien, Wis.
Orange - Miami (rises instead of drops)
Pickle - Dillsburg, Pa.
Possum - Tallapoosa, Ga. (every other year, next will be New Year's Eve 2009)
Peach - Atlanta
Pine Cone - Flagstaff, Ariz.
Popcorn ball - Marion, Ohio
Strawberry - Harrisburg, Pa.
Wrench - Mechanicsburg, Pa.

 

 

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#4 | 1703 days ago

18packabs wrote:
SC- Dropping a couple of Jaeger Bombs with Beans......
Soon my brother, soon.   
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#1 | 1703 days ago
18packabs (+)

SC- Dropping a couple of Jaeger Bombs with Beans......
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#2 | 1703 days ago

 what
#3 | 1703 days ago

I AM JUST HAPPY DROPPING A BUNCH OF DRINKS DOWN THE OLD HATCH!!!!!!!!   HAPPY NEW YEARS TO ALL!
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#4 | 1703 days ago

18packabs wrote:
SC- Dropping a couple of Jaeger Bombs with Beans......
Soon my brother, soon.   
Beaneaters (Other)  
#5 | 1703 days ago
18packabs (+)

Beaneaters (Other)  
#6 | 1703 days ago

WTF!!
#7 | 1703 days ago

after a long evening of food, drink and debauchery, people are more fulfilled by dropping their A** than any otther type of dropping.
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#8 | 1703 days ago
bobjrinaz (+)

Forget the balls.  We have a hockey team that plays with a chip on their shoulders here in Arizona. They are making some noise and soon enough the world will see that this team is for real and it is staying put.  My New Years starting this year is catching a Yotes game, driving home before the drunks kill me and my family, and knocking down Champagne at midnight in the comfort of my own home with my family including doggies.  No balls necessary.  HAPPY NEW YEARS EVERYONE!!!!!!
I Go To See This One  
#9 | 1703 days ago

In my part of Jax., it's kissing the wife, and then hittin' the hay.
I Still Like The Ball!  
#10 | 1703 days ago

I am droppin a few Jager Bombs myself...but not with Beans...he can't hang with me!!!   Maybe Keebs though...if he calls me back
I Go To See This One  
#11 | 1703 days ago

That's what she said
#12 | 1703 days ago

I am dropping Mint Julieps till I get tired of mixing them....then it is straight Burbon baby!  (BTW I am home drinking with family and friends...no driving for me!!!).
#13 | 1703 days ago

going to a place at midnight that's having a balloon drop and all the balloons have money in them
#14 | 1703 days ago

derms33 wrote:
I am droppin a few Jager Bombs myself...but not with Beans...he can't hang with me!!!   Maybe Keebs though...if he calls me back
nevermind...Keebs has "date"...haha
I Go To See This One  
#15 | 1703 days ago

(Edited by BigBasin1977)
With the proper surgery you can get any males to drop.  Which for me, tonight, will be the closest I get to watching balls drop.
I Go To See This One  
#16 | 1703 days ago

Will sit at home and watch the ball fall in New York,  on tv.
I Still Like The Ball!  
#17 | 1703 days ago

I will be snoozing, but I wish everyone the best New Years ever! 

I Still Like The Ball!  
#18 | 1702 days ago

Nothing like the NYC ball dropping ... but, in an entirely NOT surprising move, I did also catch Sushi the drag queen in the Key West high-heel drop, too. 
Beaneaters (Other)  
#19 | 1702 days ago

Yep the whole ball dropping thing happens with age, I never stay up to watch it anyway
#20 | 1701 days ago

WISAC1 wrote:
after a long evening of food, drink and debauchery, people are more fulfilled by dropping their A** than any otther type of dropping.
lol

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