Pa. drops pickle, coal, crayon to mark 2011

PHILADELPHIA - December 31, 2010

You name it, they drop it in Pennsylvania to mark the arrival of a new year.

In Easton, crayon maker Crayola seems to think "vivid tangerine" will be next year's coolest color. That's the hue of the 10-foot, lighted fiberglass crayon at the center of a family-focused celebration.

The community of Dillsburg, in York County, goes in for gherkins.

In Shamokin, they drop - gently, one hopes - a giant lump of coal.

In Pottsville, home to Yuengling Lager, the tradition gets flipped on its head.

As city administrator Tom Palamar notes, it's never wise to drop a beer bottle.

So celebrants will instead raise a giant faux bottle of Yuengling to toast 2011.

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