In addition to First Night Celebrations in Oil City, Pittsburgh and several other cities Pennsylvanians will be finding varied ways to usher in the new year on Tuesday night.
While New York City traditionally drops a shiny ball during the countdown to the new year, Pennsylvania communities have substituted their own iconic images to highlight New Years Eve drops.
For example, there is a candy kiss in Hershey, and an 85-pound chick in Bethlehem – the home of marshmallow peeps. Kennett Square drops a mushroom, Lebanon a bologna, Dillsburg utilizes a pickle, and in Easton, it’s a crayon. Pottsville uses a beer, Mechanicsburg drops a wrench, and a beaver is lowered in Beavertown.
Meanwhile, Harrisburg revelers may rest assured that their ten-foot strawberry is ready for a New Years drop. The original berry shattered during a test run on Friday. A new strawberry with a steel frame and LED lights was hastily constructed over the weekend, and a Monday test was declared successful.