Peeps, bologna Pa. NYE celebration

December 31, 2008 5:14:31 AM PST
In New York's Times Square a descending lighted ball marks the New Year, but Pennsylvania celebrations center on food. At Bethlehem's First Night, a crane lowers a 25-pound lighted fiberglass likeness of a marshmallow Peep. That was No. 2 on the TripAdvisor Web site's Top 10 quirkiest New Year's Eve events.

A 120-pound, 7.5 foot-long edible bologna lowered by a Lebanon Fire Department ladder truck was seventh on the list. (Key West, Fla., was No. 1 with night spots offering choices of a descending conch shell, pirate wench or drag queen in 6-foot red high-heeled shoe.)

Elsewhere in Pennsylvania, not in the Top 10, Hershey raises a Hershey Kiss, Pottsville raises a Yuengling bottle, Hummelstown drops a 9-foot lollipop, Lewistown lowers a big bag of Hartley's potato chips, and Elizabethtown lets down a monster M&M.

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Information from: The Express-Times, http://www.lehighvalleylive.com

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