"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.