The new Times Square New Year's Eve ball is seen lit up as it moves along the flagpole on the roof of One Times Square in New York during the annual test of the ball, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2007. The new ball is more than twice as bright as the old one with enhanced color capabilities and energy-efficient LED lights. This year is the 100th anniversary of the New Year's Eve ball drop in New York Times Square. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)
But you may not have heard about the dropping of the sausage, or the gumbo pot, or the giant Peep, a 25-pound fiberglass replica of the famed marshmallowy candy made in Pennsylvania.
TripAdvisor.com has assembled a list of these and other quirky New Year's Eve events to create a top 10 list of wacky things that get lowered on Dec. 31 around the country to mark the arrival of the new year.
In Key West, Fla., there are three such countdown celebrations: a conch shell lowered on a pole to the roof of Sloppy Joe's Bar, the lowering of "Drag Queen Sushi" in a 6-foot-tall shoe at the Bourbon Street Pub, and the descent of a costumed pirate "wench" from a schooner in the harbor.
In Elmore, Ohio, there's a sausage fest, inspired by a local business,Tank's Meats. A lit-up 18-foot sausage drops to welcome in the New Year, but there's also a sausage toss and a sausage-eating contest.
Raleigh, N.C., lowers a massive copper acorn weighing 1,250 pounds from atop the city's civic center as part of a First Night event.