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Looking for some quirky New Year's fun? Pennsylvania has plenty of options

Shirley McMarlin
| Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, 11:33 a.m.
The Peeps Chick  rings in the new year in Bethlehem, Pa., as part of Peepsfest
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The Peeps Chick rings in the new year in Bethlehem, Pa., as part of Peepsfest
It's hard to beat First Night Pittsburgh for New Year's Eve fun, but other Pennsylvania towns have their own quirky celebrations.
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It's hard to beat First Night Pittsburgh for New Year's Eve fun, but other Pennsylvania towns have their own quirky celebrations.
A 200-pound roll of bologna helps ring in the new year in Lebanon, Pa.
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A 200-pound roll of bologna helps ring in the new year in Lebanon, Pa.
A 6-foot-tall pickle drop from the local fire department’s ladder truck on New Year's Eve in Dillsburg, Pa.
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A 6-foot-tall pickle drop from the local fire department’s ladder truck on New Year's Eve in Dillsburg, Pa.
A giant mushroom drops in Kennett Square, the mushroom capital of Pennsylvania.
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A giant mushroom drops in Kennett Square, the mushroom capital of Pennsylvania.

It's hard to beat First Night Pittsburgh for a New Year's Eve celebration. With a parade, face-painting and every kind of entertainment you can imagine, it has it all — topped off with the countdown to midnight, the raising of the Future of Pittsburgh ball and a Zambelli Fireworks display.

But if you won't be in the 'Burgh to usher in 2018, or you're looking for something a little offbeat, here are some other celebrations scattered around Pennsylvania, where all kinds of things get raised or dropped as part of the fun.

Midnight in the Square, Kennett Square

The small Chester County borough is known as the mushroom capital of Pennsylvania (with more than 1 million pounds produced daily), so naturally the New Year's Eve festivities include a Mushroom Drop from 100 feet above the center of town. There's also a laser light show, entertainment and food, including mushroom soup and breaded mushrooms. Details: midnightinthesquare.com

Pickle Drop, Dillsburg

Crowds gather at midnight in the small York County borough for a fireworks display and to watch a 6-foot-tall pickle drop from the local fire department's ladder truck into a pickle barrel. Prior to the drop, enjoy live entertainment, children's activities, ice sculpting and themed refreshments like pickle soup and fried pickles.

For little ones who can't make it to midnight, there's a baby pickle drop at 7 p.m.

Peepsfest, Bethlehem

Family fun is the name of the game at the annual two-day New Year's Eve festival celebrating the fun and excitement of the squishy marshmallow confections at the iconic SteelStacks in Bethlehem, PA. Entertainment and activities include a family disco lounge, but the main attraction is the Peeps Chick Drop — a 5-foot-tall, 200-pound lighted chick that will descend at 5:15 p.m. Dec. 31 to hail the new year. Details: steelstacks.org/festivals/peepsfest

Yuengling bottle raising, Pottsville

What do you do as midnight approaches on Dec. 31? You raise a glass to the passing of the old year and the promise of the new one. In Pottsville, Schuylkill County, they toast the oldest brewery in America with the raising of a Yuengling beer bottle to the top of the flagpole at Garfield Square.

Bologna Drop, Lebanon

No word on whether they make sandwiches afterward, but prior to the drop of the 200-pound roll of delicious deli meat, there's entertainment and family friendly activities in the parking lot at Ninth and Cumberland streets in the Lebanon County seat. Details on Facebook .

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5750, smcmarlin@tribweb.com or via Twitter @shirley_trib.

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