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New Year's Eve, Stranger Than Fiction

SANATOGA PA – Celebrations in two eastern Pennsylvania cities – Bethlehem and Lebanon – have made a travel website’s list of America’s Top 10 Quirkiest New Year’s Eve Events. Sanatoga didn’t come close, even though The Beatles will visit here tonight (Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008).

Editors of and contributors to TripAdvisor, which bills itself as “the world’s largest travel community” online, included Bethlehem’s Peep Drop and Lebanon’s Bologna Fest among the strangest things to welcome in the new year.

The stars of Bethlehem's show.

The stars of Bethlehem's show.

Bethlehem is widely recognized for its Christmas attractions, but the city’s New Year’s Eve Peep Drop has been a tradition for three years running. The city is home to Just Born Inc., the manufacturer of the yellow marshmallow candy chicks so often eaten at Easter. During Bethlehem’s celebration, a 25-pound fiberglass illuminated Peep is dropped from a crane at midnight.

In Lebanon, the Weaver-Kutztown Bologna Company will again – has it has for seven years – create a seven-and-a-half-foot long, 120-pound edible bologna as the star of its New Year’s Eve celebration. A city fire department ladder truck lowers the super-sized bologna at midnight. The meat is donated the next day to area charities.

Here in Sanatoga, Beatlemania Now, a musical tribute to The Beatles, will share the spotlight with The Bill Koss Combo tonight beginning at 8 p.m. in Sunnybrook Ballroom, 50 Sunnybrook Rd. Enjoy the evening and make merry, but be safe … and not quirky.

Photo by Just Born Inc.

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