NEW YEAR’S EVE

This New Year’s Eve, you could watch the good ol’ ball plum­met again. Or you could ring in 2019 at a gathering that drops some­thing quirkier.

Midwest Living - - Contents - WRITER Gary Thomp­son

A Fish Called Wylie

Port Clin­ton, Ohio

See why this Lake Erie town calls it­self the Wall­eye Cap­i­tal of the World when Wylie the Wall­eye, a 20-foot-long, 600-pound fiber­glass fish plunges from a crane at mid­night. A smaller, kid-friendly Min­now Drop takes place ear­lier.

Who Moved My Cheese? Ply­mouth, Wis­con­sin

The pro­fessed Cheese Cap­i­tal of the World drops a 120-pound metal cheese wedge from a 100-foot fire truck lad­der as lights flash and sirens sound. The fam­ily af­fair (the drop is at 10 p.m.) in­cludes plenty of real cheese.

Mid­night Melon

Vin­cennes, In­di­ana

In the home­town of the Knox County Wa­ter­melon Fes­ti­val (held each Au­gust), a 500-pound faux fruit hov­ers 100 feet above the crowd un­til mid­night, when it drops its juicy pay­load of real water­mel­ons onto a “splat­form.” Late-night TV buffs may remember David Let­ter­man’s old bit.

Cherry on Top

Tra­verse City, Michi­gan Thou­sands gather at the cor­ner of Front and Park streets in the self­pro­claimed Cherry Cap­i­tal of the World. They await the fall of a huge lighted cherry from 100 feet up. The Bea­con Lounge atop the Park Place Ho­tel of­fers one of the best views.

D- scend­ing A 7-FOOT NEON "D" DIVES 90 FEET AT DOWN­TOWN DETROIT'S MO­TOR CITY NYE—THE DROP.

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