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Don’t drop the ball on New Year’s Eve! Our friends at Coun­try Woman shared these unique “drops.”


In­di­ana is home to more than 7,000 acres of water­mel­ons, so the folks in Vin­cennes lower a 500-pound, card­board-and-foam-cov­ered steel wa­ter­melon. Once it’s close to the ground, it opens, drop­ping real water­mel­ons onto a large “splat­form” as fire­works erupt. vin­cen­


In Mo­bile, Alabama, the New Year is rung in Mardi Gras-style with a sec­ond-line pa­rade fea­tur­ing a brass band and floats. MoonPies are thrown from the floats and a 600-pound elec­tric MoonPie drops from the side of a build­ing at mid­night. mo­bile­

Dill Pickle

The com­mu­nity of Dills­burg, Penn­syl­va­nia, wasn’t named for pick­les. The mid­night drop of a 6-foot papier-mache pickle is a nod to its first set­tler, Matthew Dill. dills­

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