· A Cheesy Descent - Plymouth, Wisconsin:
When you think of Wisconsin you might think of cheese, and that’s a good thing for the residents of Plymouth. They’re putting the final touches on the New Year’s Eve celebration, as the stroke of midnight will welcome 2013—as well as a giant fake piece of cheese. The Plymouth Arts Center is in charge of organizing lots of the official activities, and it’s in their parking lot where the 80-pound Sartori Company cheese wedge will slowly descend to celebrate the start of a new year. There’s even free hot chocolate from 11:45pm to 12:15am, so cheers to that.
· Oversized Olive - Bartlesville, Oklahoma:
If you’re looking for a little side of architecture along with food falling from the sky then you’ve got to head over to Oklahoma. The Price Tower in Bartlesville is pretty much the only Frank Lloyd Wright skyscraper, and on New Year’s it serves double duty as the track for a giant martini olive dropping from the sky. The olive heads downward and it dunks itself into a martini glass at the stroke of midnight, and one and all are welcomed to enjoy the associate festivities. Tickets to the official celebrations will set you back $25 at the door, and that’ll include appetizers, party favors, and some complimentary champagne during the 15-story olive drop at midnight.