Buckytom, this one's for you!
This article is from our local paper. As you'll see, Central PA has its own unique way of celebrating New Year's Eve!
The new year will soon be ushered in by people around the world who all celebrate in their own way.
Many central Pennsylvania communities have their own unique way of celebrating the new year, reported WGAL-TV in Lancaster.
A Cumberland County community is joining the festivities this year. Mechanicsburg, Pa., will drop a wrench to usher in the new year.
Harrisburg, Pa., will return to its custom of dropping a giant strawberry this year. Lancaster and York, Pa., are known as Red Rose City and White Rose City, respectively. In Lancaster, the city raises a red rose. York residents watch the drop of a white rose into a giant vase to announce the new year.
In Elizabethtown, Pa., a huge M&M will be lowered in Center Square at 7 p.m. The town chose 7 p.m. to mark the new year in its sister city, Letterkenney, Ireland. Elizabethtown is home to an M&M Mars plant.
A summer tradition is revised in a different way in Falmouth, Pa., where the community lowers a stuffed goat. The town is known for its day of goat races in the summer.
Manheim, Pa., will raise an orb.
In York County, Dillsburg will lower a pickle. Red Lion, Pa., which was once the cigar-manufacturing capital of the United States, will raise a cigar.
Middletown, Pa., will drop a ball, and Hummelstown, Pa., will drop a lollipop.
Lebanon, Pa., will drop 7½-foot-long bologna (pictured, left) at midnight. The piece of meat weighs about 120 pounds and is the largest they have made for the drop so far. Also in Lebanon County, Cleona will continue the tradition it started last year and drop a pretzel from a tower at the Cleona fire station.
Shippensburg, Pa., will drop an anchor to welcome the new year, and Newville, Pa., will drop a big spring.
New Bloomfield, Pa., will drop a huckleberry, and Duncannon, Pa., will drop a sled. Blain, Pa., will drop a cow made of wood from a silo. In Liverpool, Pa., the community will drop a canal boat.