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.
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.
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.