'Snooki' Polizzi? Nope. Try these 10 weirdest New Year's Eve celebrations.
'Snooki' Polizzi or a big Times Square ball? Please. How about a fish, a rodent, or an enormous roll of lunch meat? When these cities party on New Year's Eve, they get creative.
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• Yet Brasstown's claim to New Year's Eve opossum supremacy is not unchallenged. Tallapoosa, Ga., also drops its own possum, with the local paper making proclamations such as: "Now that Christmas is over, it’s time to officially begin preparing your New Year’s resolutions and to watch Spencer the ‘possum drop in his ball." Because, as any good Tallapoosian will tell you, how can you possibly drop a New Year's Eve possum if he's not surrounded by a ball of twinkle lights?Skip to next paragraph
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• Dillsburg, Pa., the town named for immigrant Matthew Dill from County Monaghan, Ireland, who settled the town in 1740, will be outdoing its past ritual of dropping a giant pickle replica this year. That is because Mr. Pickle was married in the May Pickle Fest, the town will be dropping a pregnant Mrs. Pickle. The spectacle will happen at 7 p.m. for families, while Mr. Pickle will again be dropped at midnight. Dillsburg Senior Center volunteers will make pickle soup, which it prepares only twice a year.
• Perhaps Dillsburg feels pressure to outdo itself from Mt. Olive, N.C., the home of Mt. Olive Pickle Company. The company website triumphantly exclaims: "The New Year's Eve Pickle descends down the Mt. Olive Pickle Company flagpole at the stroke of 7 p.m. midnight – that's 7 o'clock EST, which also happens to be midnight Greenwich Mean Time."
• The city of Lebanon, Pa., will drop a 12-foot, 150-pound real Lebanese bologna to usher in the New Year, and to highlight the innards of its special-recipe bologna fashioned by the local Pennsylvania Dutch residents after slow-cured European sausages.
• Because of money concerns and lowering attendance in recent years, Middletown, Pa., will be dropping its tradition altogether. The borough has 9,000 residents and perhaps 100 showed last year for the “sphoctagon drop” – a combination sphere/octagon which was invented by a local metal fabricator just for the occasion.
Given the wide array of other New Year's Eve "drops" in Pennsylvania, borough Councilmember Scott Sites concedes: “We have such great competitive attractions in nearby towns that I don’t think people will miss this one at all.”