10 Crazy New Year's Eve Drops
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Giant Onion Drop, St. George’s, Bermuda
Each year in St. George’s, Bermuda, a giant paper mache Bermuda onion festooned in holiday lights is dropped in front of the town hall.
Guitar Drop, Memphis, Tenn.
The Hard Rock Cafe on Beale Street rings in the New Year in Memphis with its annual guitar drop. The ten-foot Gibson guitar is dropped more than 100 feet as part of a televised event that includes live music performances for a crowd of more than 50,000 revelers.
Giant Potato Drop, Boise, Idaho
For this year’s annual potato drop in Boise, an Idaho-based design firm is fabricating a brand new 17-foot long, high-tech internally lit “Glow-tato.” Reps from Idaho’s New Year’s Commission insist it will be more realistic and more durable than previous years’ potatoes. To see the animated build process visit: GlowTato.com.
Orange Drop, Miami, Fla.
It may look like a ball from a distance, but in Miami, revelers ring in the New Year with the dropping of The Big Orange.
Giant Acorn Drop, Raleigh, N.C.
Each December 31 a giant copper acorn, the official monument commemorating the bicentennial of “the City of Oaks,” is transported from Raleigh’s Moore Square to the roof of the Civic Center where it’s dropped to celebrate the New Year.
Peach Drop, Atlanta, Ga.
At the biggest New Year’s Eve celebration in the Southeast, Atlantans drop a giant peach at midnight.
Electric Moon Pie Drop, Mobile, Ala.
Moon Pie Over Mobile is the annual New Year’s celebration in Mobile, Ala. Festivities include the cutting of the world’s largest moon pie and the dropping of a 600-pound, electric, fully-lit moon pie at midnight.
Pickle Drop, Mount Olive, N.C.
Described by the sponsor as “dill-lightful,” the Mount Olive Pickle Company hosts an annual New Year’s Eve fundraiser to benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. Festivities include live music and the 7 p.m. drop of a giant, fully-lit pickle at the corner of Cucumber & Vine.
Cow Drop, Marietta, Ga
Marietta’s New Year’s Eve festivities include ice sculpting, "cosmic golf" and the dropping of the Georgia-born franchise Chick-fil-A Cow.
Clam Drop, Yarmouth, Maine
Every December 31, Yarmouth's First Universalist Church lowers a giant clam named Steamer 25 feet from the bell tower.