Cities get creative with their New Year’s Eve ‘drops’

Think of New Year’s Eve celebrations, and the famous ball drop in New York’s Times Square probably comes to mind. The souped-up spectacle garners millions of viewers around the world as the 12,000-pound ball descends to signal midnight in the Eastern USA.

But that’s far from the only “drop” on New Year’s Eve every year. Cities and towns get pretty creative with the objects they drop (or raise) to ring in the new year.

Some of the most unique drops range from oversized foods – an orange, a potato and a Hershey’s Kiss – to other random objects, such as a giant acorn and a wrench.

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Here are some of the other New Year’s Eve celebrations and where they’re happening.

A Florida orange and a Georgia peach

On top of the boat parties and busy clubs that take over Miami on New Year’s Eve, the city has its own take on the ball drop, one that’s fitting for Florida. A 30-foot, 2,000-pound neon sign depicting an orange wearing sunglasses will be raised to ring in 2022.

Atlanta does something similar. A nod to Georgia’s nickname as the Peach State, the city is set to drop a giant peach on New Year’s Eve.

In Pennsylvania, a giant candy, bologna and a wrench

Have you ever seen a 400-pound Peep? That’s what they drop in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the home of the candy company that makes the fluffy sweets.

It’s bologna that they drop in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. At one point, the city celebrated with a 12-foot, 200-pound, custom-made piece of bologna, but the size has been scaled back in recent years, per the Lebanon Daily News, part of the USA TODAY Network. The bologna will be attached to a disco ball this year, according to LebTown.

Sticking with the food theme, Hershey, Pennsylvania, raises – you guessed it – a giant Hershey’s Kiss. A 300-pound aluminum replica of the famous chocolate candy is raised at midnight to ring in the new year.

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, holds a wrench drop.

A squirrel’s dream, the giant acorn

A 10-foot-tall, 1,250-pound acorn made out of copper and steel is dropped in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The New Year’s Eve tradition has been in practice for more than 20 years in North Carolina’s capital city.

A 10-foot-tall, 1,250-pound acorn made out of copper and steel is dropped on New Year’s Eve in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The chile drop

Las Cruces, New Mexico, drops an oversize, illuminated chile pepper.

This year, organizers let people vote on which color the big pepper will turn once the clock strikes midnight: red or green.

A giant spud

In true Idaho fashion, Boise drops a large potato.

This year’s celebration, called the Idaho Potato Drop, is complete with musical artists and a ski and snowboard exhibition for “spec-taters” to enjoy.

Beach ball, anyone?

An 800-pound, illuminated beach ball will be dropped in Panama City Beach, Florida, to bring in 2022. It’s dropped from a tower 10 feet taller than the one in Times Square, the city’s website brags.

A cherry drop in the cherry capital

In the “cherry capital of the world” – Traverse City, Michigan – residents celebrate with a giant cherry.

The annual cherry drop has raised nearly $110,000 to date for local nonprofits, organizers said.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Weird New Year’s Eve drops in US include Florida orange, PA bologna