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The 20 Wackiest Objects Dropped on New Year’s Eve

Each year at the stroke of midnight, New York City has its famous ball drop in Times Square to ring in the New Year. But it’s not the only object that gets dropped at the stroke of midnight. Other cities such as Chicago and Fort Lauderdale have followed suit with their own ball drops, but some locations decided to get a little more creative and come up with their own versions of this grand tradition. Check out this list!

The 20 Wackiest Objects Dropped on New Year’s Eve

1.Bologna (Lebanon, PA) – Nothing wasted!

2.  Big Cheese (Plymouth, WI)

3. Pickle (Mount Olive, NC)

4. Gumbo Pot (New Orleans, LA)

5. Steamroller (Steelton, PA)

6. Giant Peep (Bethlehem, PA)

7. Walleye Fish (Port Clinton, OH)

8. Wrench (Mechanicsburg, PA)

9. Sardine (Eastport, ME)

10. Cigar (Richland, PA)

11. Frog (Frogtown, PA)

12. Wooden Duck (Havre de Grace, MD)

13. Acorn (Raleigh, NC)

14. Giant Crab (Easton, MD)

15. Indy Car (Carlisle, PA)

16. Pear (Fredericksburg, VA)

17. Hog (made of lights) (Fayetteville, AR) – Main image by Jamie Seed.

18. Conch Shell (Key West, FL)

19. Olive (Bartlesville, OK)

20. Opossum (Brasstown, NC) – (No animals injured!)


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  • Doris Hoffman says:

    In Lisburn,Pa they drop a pair of britches for the yellow breeches creek

  • Jonathan says:

    You put the pickle drop in Mount Olive… but not DILLSBURG?!

    Seems like a major miss on your part.

  • J. Chris Fleming says:

    In eastern Kentucky my family and I drop a block of coal. We are the only ones in the heart of the coalfields doing this.

  • Jo Lee says:

    A giant chile pepper is dropped in Albuquerque, NM

  • Melva Sorrells Olliff says:

    This is the first year that the Peanut Capital of the World, Dothan, Alabama, will have a New Year’s Peanut Drop.

  • Bryan Haley says:

    Tulsa, Oklahoma drops a Strawberry every year since 1989 I believe.

  • Shelia Patton says:

    Hard Rock Cafe in Memphis dropped 60 years of Rock and Roll Guitar

  • Yvonne says:

    We drop a music note in Music City (Nashville, TN.)

  • susan francois says:

    the possum drop in brasstown nc is still going on..a judge ruled in favor of it agreeing no harm is done to the possum

  • Renee Hendershot says:

    Flagstaff Arizona we drop a pinecone…..

  • Lori says:

    They drop a pickle that looks like a green Mr. Peanut in Dillsburg, PA (my hometown). A white rose is dropped in York, PA and a strawberry is dropped in Harrisburg, PA.

  • shannon bridges says:

    A giant potato in boise,id!

  • christina simonton says:

    lancaster pa a red rose, elizabethtown pa mm&m candy, york pa white rose, falmouth pa a goat,

  • Dave Segermark says:

    Add Rockhall, MD’s Rockfish Drop (not a real fish)

  • Myra Mayfield says:

    You forgot to mention:
    1. Moonpie in Mobile Alabama &
    2. Pelican (17ft wingspan made of Crystal) in Pensacola, Florida…its quite a sight!

  • Georgia Gal says:

    The Possum Drop is still done in Tallapoosa GA and is NOT done with a live possum. The one you refer to possibly is the one that was done in Brasstown, NC which appears to have been with a live animal.

  • Andrew Ragland says:

    The Possum Drop is no longer done. PETA made such jerks of themselves that the event had to be cancelled. Never mind that the possum was live-trapped, treated humanely, and released back into the wild after the event. Pardon me diatribing a little here, but as a Neopagan, I’m required by my religion to have respect for all life. However, PETA has given the animal rights movement such a bad reputation, such an image of insanity, that it’s hard to speak out for animal rights without being regarded as a nutjob.

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