"We're known for bologna." Lebanon expands on famous NYE bologna drop
LEBANON, Pa. —
After nearly 20 years, Lebanon is putting a new spin on their traditional bologna drop for New Year’s Eve.
John Tice is the new director of Lebanon’s Business Development District and is hoping to add personality to the celebration by incorporating the town’s mascot, the Bologna Ranger, into the festivities.
Artists with Lebanon’s Recreate Art Initiative have sculpted a 6 foot-tall Bologna Ranger out of paper mache that will hold a smaller version of the giant bologna, now weighing about 70 pounds, to be dropped at midnight.
That bologna, along with about 130 more pounds of fresh sandwich meat, will then be donated to people in need in the city.
“We’re known for bologna,” says Tice. “It’s one of our claims to fame; been around since the late 1700’s and it’s a staple of the area. So, it’s just one of those local culture things that people, when they leave the area, look for Lebanon bologna.”
Another new twist to ring in 2019 is the location of the bologna drop. It’s been moved from the parking lot at Cumberland and 9th Streets to fill up the entire block of S 8th Street between Cumberland and Chestnut Streets.
Set up will begin mid-afternoon on New Year’s Eve, so be prepared for road closures in the area.
Other towns in Central Pennsylvania are also partaking in the dropping of funky foods to kick off the New Year.
Dillsburg is hosting its annual ‘pickle drop’ at the stroke of midnight with fireworks until about 12:30 am.
Carlisle will be dropping a 50 pound, aluminum-frame button covered in LED lights with the festivities starting at around 6 pm.
Harrisburg will, of course, lower a giant, lit strawberry from the top of the Harrisburg Hilton 60 seconds before midnight.
Mechanicsburg is celebrating with its annual dropping of a wrench on Main Street.
York and Lancaster are waving goodbye to 2018 by dropping their traditional white and red roses, respectively.