Jeffery wrote about weird New Year’s traditions around the world. There are also weird items that drop at midnight New Year’s Eve.
Sure you can watch the ball drop at Time’s Square in New York City on New Year’s Eve, either in person or on television, or you can watch a walleye drop. A walleye is a fish caught in Lake Erie. Every year a 20-foot, 600 pound fiberglass walleye is dropped in Port Clinton, Ohio to ring in the New Year.
Port Clinton isn’t the only town to drop unusual items to mark a new beginning. I’ve known about Walleye Madness for year’s but came across this Reuters article with nine other unusual New Year’s drop items. As you will notice, most items are food related. The links lead to articles and references with information about each of these quirky events.
- a 6-foot conch shell in Key West, Florida
- a 25-foot illuminated marshmallow Peep in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
- a 3-foot tall glowing pickle in Mt. Olive, North Carolina
- an 18-foot sausage in Elmore, Ohio
- a 7 1/2 foot,120 pound edible bologna in Lebanon, Pennsylvania.
- a paper-mâché gumbo pot in New Orleans, Louisiana
- a giant crab in Easton, Maryland
- a hunk of cheese in Plymouth, Wisconsin
- a 1,250 pound acorn in Raleigh, North Carolina