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Three Weird Falling Foods That Welcome the New Year

December 27, 2012 at 6:01 PM | by | ()

A past look at Wisconsin's cheese drop...

Everyone knows about that ball drop in Times Square to celebrate the New Year, but there’s even better stuff falling from the sky around the country. If New York City is out of range this year, there might just be something a little more unique to welcome in 2012 close to home especially if you enjoying flying food. Here’s three options and celebrations that might just be a little more interesting:

· Watermelon Drop - Knox County, Indiana:
The skies over Knox County in Indiana will be crowded in just about a week, as it’s almost time for the annual New Year’s Eve watermelon drop. The area celebrates the local cash crop by raising an 18-foot 500-pound watermelon into the sky, and then once it’s at the top, 13 watermelons will be dropped to welcome in 2013. The fun starts at 9pm as locals and tourists alike are welcome to join together at the Riverfront Pavilion for music, food, beer, wine, and plenty of noisemakers—they’ve even got t-shirts to celebrate the big night.

· 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.

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