Head to Pennsylvania to Observe the Weirdest NYE Drops
Being one of the original 13 colonies, Pennsylvania is known as the epicenter for all things American History. This state is home to Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, Gettysburg, and Valley Forge. While these are some of the reasons that Pennsylvania is a hot tourist destination, it also has other claims to fame.
Over the years, cities across Pennsylvania have adopted the tradition of raising and dropping strange objects that represent their city and culture in lieu of the traditional ball on New Year’s Eve. Get your hot cocoa ready - it’s time to check out what’s dropping on New Year’s Eve in the Keystone State.
What’s Dropping Across Pennsylvania This New Year’s Eve?
A Pickle in Dillsburg
Named after its first settler, Matthew Dill, the only aspect of Dillsburg that relates to pickles is its name, though that doesn’t mean they don’t capitalize on it in any way they can. Mrs. Pickle is the first to be dropped on NYE, making her debut at 7 PM. As the finale, Mr. Pickle is dropped at midnight accompanied by a burst of fireworks. Alongside the drop of Mr. and Mrs. Pickle, there is a blood drive, face painting, a magic show, and bingo games.
If you’re looking to reside in this “dill-lightful” city, the average home price in Dillsburg is $247,314. Zillow predicts these home values will rise 7.1% in the next year.
A Mushroom in Kennett Square
Kennett Square is known as the Mushroom Capital of the World. With acres of fertile fungus fields surrounding the city, they truly live up to their name by raising an eight-foot tall, 800-pound stainless steel mushroom 100 feet in the air on New Year’s Eve. Nearing its ninth season, the event has been dubbed "Midnight in the Square" and features raffles, food, and concerts.
Consider yourself a “fun guy”? Head on over to Kennett Square where the average home price is $425,959. Zillow predicts these home values will rise 8.4% in the next year.
A Hershey’s Kiss Raise in Hershey
Are we surprised that the city of Hershey raises a giant Hershey Kiss on New Year’s Eve? No, and we’d be disappointed if they didn’t. What makes this Kiss special is that it’s seven feet tall, 340 pounds, and is raised in ChocolateTown Square. Nearing its 16th year, this event has been noted as one of the most family-friendly New Year’s Eve attractions in the U.S.
What’s more romantic than kissing your significant other while a Kiss is being pulled into the sky? If you want to live in Hershey, the city known for smelling like chocolate, the average home price is $282,201. Zillow predicts these home values will rise 7.1% in the next year.
A Recycled Ball in Pittsburgh
Not to be outdone by cities across the state, Pittsburgh hoists a 1,000 pound ball of recycled materials named "The Future of Pittsburgh" into the air every New Year’s Eve. A nod to the city’s goals of increasing sustainability, these recycled materials rise at midnight rather than dropping. This tradition started in 2007, and Pittsburghers are proud to be working towards a more sustainable, healthier future.
If you’d like to live in the Steel City, Pittsburgh’s average home price is $192,650. Zillow predicts these home values will rise 9.2% in the next year.
Bologna in Lebanon
Lebanon, PA is home to Godshall's Quality Meats, and they take advantage of the store’s meaty offerings as the only city in the country to drop an edible object on New Year’s Eve. In previous years, a 16-foot piece of bologna was dropped at midnight. This year, they are switching it up by dropping 20 separate large pieces of bologna and subsequently donating those pieces to 20 local nonprofit organizations. You could say this brings a whole new light to the term “full of bologna”.
If you’re looking to live in Lebanon, the average home price is $174,428. Zillow predicts these home values will rise 8.9% in the next year.
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