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Holiday Traditions with K104.7

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Cities and towns across America celebrate the coming of a new year in ways that have some special meaning to their residents. New York City drops the famous ball in Times Square. Atlanta does a peach drop. Nashville and Memphis both use big guitars. Bethlehem, PA, home of PEEPS candy, lowers a giant 400-pound PEEPS Chick on December 31st. We have some interesting New Year’s Eve traditions in the Carolinas, too. Here are just a few of them:

South Carolina

  • Hilton Head Island: A large illuminated golf ball is lowered from the Harbour Town Lighthouse.
  • Folly Beach: A giant pair of flip flops is dropped at the end of Center Street.

North Carolina

  • Beaufort: The seaside city does a pirate drop.
  • Black Creek: A large red heart is lowered for “A Small Town with a Big Heart”.
  • Burgaw: A blueberry drops in honor of the town’s annual blueberry festival.
  • Eastover: A three-foot tall, thirty-pound wooden flea is dropped. They once had an infestation.
  • Charlotte: A lighted crown is raised at midnight in “The Queen City.”
  • Mount Olive: A giant pickle is lowered on the Mt. Olive Pickle Company flagpole.
  • Raleigh: A 900-pound copper-and-steel acorn is lowered by a crane in “The City of Oaks.”

Mt. Olive Pickle Drop - New Year's Eve 2010/2011

The Mt. Olive Pickle Company celebrates the new year by dropping a three-foot glowing pickle down a flagpole into a pickle tank.