5 Really Bizarre Ball Drops Happening on New Year’s Eve This Year


Every year on New Year’s Eve, I stay up to watch the ball drop and every year I’m kind of disappointed. I know it’s a tradition that will always be around, but it’s kind of boring if you think about it. Of course, there are other places across the nation that ring in the New Year in their own special ways, some of which involve live animals. Yes, really.

5 Non-Traditional (And Kind Of Weird) Ball Drops Happening on New Year’s Eve This Year

1. Memphis, Tennessee Guitar Drop

If you’re going to be in Memphis this New Year’s Eve, they’ll be celebrating their 10th Annual Guitar Drop where a 10-foot D’Angelico guitar falls at midnight at the Hard Rock Cafe.

Instagram post by D’Angelico Guitars • Jan 1, 2017 at 2:56pm UTC

2. Brasstown, North Carolina Possum Drop

This one still gets me. There’s a convenience store in North Carolina that has a live possum lowered as their way of bringing in the New Year. It’s pretty controversial, but they’re doing it again this year despite moral and legal questions.

3. Atlanta, Georgia Peach Drop

This Atlanta, Georgia tradition is a little less odd than the others, but still interesting nonetheless! They’ve been lowering an 800-pound peach since 1989. This year, it will take place at the Flatiron building in Atlanta.

4. Boise, Idaho Potato Drop

I mean, that’s one giant potato! They’ll be lowering this massive potato at the Idaho State Capitol this year.

5. Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Peep Drop

Yes, this is real. A 400-pound Peep Chick will be dropped during their annual Peepsfest.

Colleen Matthews
Raised in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Colleen grew up cheering on the Razorbacks, fishing with her dad, learning about southern hospitality from her mom, and enjoying the best of The Ozarks. When she's not writing, she's likely spoiling her black lab, playing pranks on her husband, chasing around her nieces and nephews, or rearranging her house.

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