Different towns, different ways to bring in 2014
From light bulbs to pickles, communities across the state of Pennsylvania have a variety of unique objects that will help 2013 fade away into 2014.
In addition to Shamokin's Coal Drop Tuesday, those who live for fun have plenty of options. While this is not a complete list, the following is a collection of fun and different events to attend if coal is not your thing.
- In Sunbury, a light bulb image will illuminated at the Hotel Edison on Market Street. The event, which starts at 6 p.m., will feature entertainment in Cameron Park, free carriage rides and free ice skating.
- In Pottsville, a giant bottle of Yeungling Lager will be raised at Garfield Square on a flagpole at midnight.
- In downtown Harrisburg, The Strawberry will be dropped from the Hilton at Strawberry Square. The festivities, which run from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m., will feature live music all night and fireworks at the start of the new year.
- In downtown Hershey, a chocolate kiss will be dropped at the square. Events, including live music, will be held from 9 p.m. to midnight. This celebration was voted No. 2 in USA Today's top family-friendly New Years Eve events.
- In Beavertown, a beaver will dropped at midnight at the Rescue Hose Fire hall. Starting at 10 p.m., the event will feature fireworks at the stroke of midnight.
- In Lower Allen Township, the new year will be celebrated with the dropping of a pair of 5-foot tall "yellow breeches" at the bar at Lower Allen Community Park. The event, featuring live music and dancing, will be held from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
- In Mechanicsburg, a wrench will be lowered at Washington Fire Company, 53 E. Main St. The event, featuring a DJ, will be held from 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
- In Palmyra, the residents will not be lowering the giant shoe this year at Main and Railroad streets. Instead, the shoe will be on display during the celebration from 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
- In Lebanon, a 200-pound edible chunk of bologna will be dropped at the intersection of Ninth and Cumberland streets. The event will be held from 10:30 p.m. to 12:15 a.m.
- In Duncannon, a sled will be dropped in the downtown. The event will be held from 10 p.m. to midnight.
- In Dillsburg, two pickles will be dropped in the square. Lil' Dill, the Pickles' baby gherkin, drops at 7 p.m. while Mr. Pickles drops at midnight. The event, featuring live entertainment and a blood drive, starts at 4:30 p.m. and lasts until 12:30 p.m.
- In Kennett Square, a giant mushroom will drop in the square. Starting at 9 p.m., the event will feature music, food and entertainment.
- In Bethlehem, a marshmallow peep will be lowered. Starting at 4 p.m., the event will feature live music, fireworks and a disco lounge.