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New Year's Eve Unconventional Celebrations 2018

December 30, 2018
Article By: Jesse Watrous

Most people want to do something fun and interesting on New Year's Eve. CNN Travel found 19 Quirky Variations on New York's legendary ball drop.

1. Tallapoosa, Georgia: Possum Drop

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Join the residents of this West Georgia Community, formerly know as "Possum Snout",  as they ring in the New Year. At mid-night a stuffed possum named "Spencer" is lowered in a holiday lights covered ball from atop the Cain Law Office building which is one of the cities oldest buildings. Its an evening filled with music, fireworks and fun activities for your entire family. In recent years the event has grown and attracted local media as well as national attention. We invite you and your family to join us this New Years Eve as we celebrate the New Year.
2. Mobile, Alabama: MoonPie Drop

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Ring in the new year at one of the coolest parties of the year! Dig into the world’s largest MoonPie cake,  join the second line, watch live entertainment and an all-star fireworks show! And…find the only 600lb electric MoonPie at the world-famous MoonPie drop at midnight!
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3. Flagstaff, Arizona: Pine Cone Drop

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Visitors in Flagstaff for New Year’s Eve should not miss the city’s traditional countdown celebration in downtown Flagstaff on December 31.  Like a giant holiday ornament, the Weatherford Hotel’s glistening giant Pinecone has been hoisted high atop the historic building with a digital countdown ticking away below it.
As Flagstaff’s traditional New Year’s Eve symbol for 16 years, the Great Pinecone is to Flagstaff what the glitzy giant ball is to New York City. Each year thousands of holiday revelers pour into the streets of historic downtown to see the 70-pound, six-foot, lighted aluminum creation.

4. Temecula Valley, California: Grape Drop

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The City of Temecula Community Services Department Presents "New Year's Eve Grape Drop"!

5. Key West, Florida: Tuna Drop (and a few more to choose from)

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Smokin' Tuna Saloon presents the 5th Annual ROCK the TUNA 2019

First Flight Island Restaurant (site of Pan American Airways' ticket office after it began in 1927) - A Pan Am Stewardess is perched in a replicated aircraft.

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Bourbon St. Pub - A Drag Queen drops in a giant High Heeled Shoe. 

Sloppy Joe's Bar - A conch (the symbol of the Florida Keys) is used.

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Schooner Wharf Bar - "Lowering of the Pirate Wench" drops from a tall ship's mast. 

6. Panama City Beach, Florida: Beach Ball Drop

7. Boise, Idaho: Potato Drop

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8. Vincennes, Indiana: Watermelon Drop 

9. Hagerstown, Maryland: Krumpe's Donut Drop

10. Princess Anne, Maryland: Midnight Muskrat Dive

11. Savannah, Georgia: Up the Cup

12. Mount Olive, North Carolina: Pickle Drop

13. Port Clinton, Ohio: Walleye Drop

15. Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania: Wrench Drop

16. Folly Beach, South Carolina: Flip Flop Drop

17. Plymouth, Wisconsin: Big Cheese Drop

18. Atlanta, Georgia: Peach Drop

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19. Bethlehem, Pennsylvania: PEEPS Chick Drop

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