The Ten Weirdest New Year's Eve Ball Drops: Pickles, Peeps, and Fish

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8. Sardine
In Eastport, Maine,a sardine is dropped in a nod to the area's history in the herring fishing and canning industry. The eight-foot sardine, created by sculptor Bill Schaefer, is lowered from a three-story building at midnight. Can't make it to Maine? Watch it live this year on CNN.

7. Pickle
The 14th annual pickle drop will be held at 7 p.m. (midnight Greenwich Mean Time) at the Mt. Olive Pickle Company in Mount Olive, North Carolina. About 3,000 people last year were treated to free pickles, a factory tour, and the pickle drop.

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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