Dillsburg’s 22nd Annual New Year’s Eve Pickle Drop
Mr. Pickle achieved “global” appeal when selected as the #1 Strangest Thing Dropped on New Year’s Eve in 2010 Buzz Feed coverage (http://www.buzzfeed.com/daves4/new-years-cg3) and was referenced in a 2011 New York Times puzzler, “Where do they Drop a Pickle?”
Activities begin at 4:30 p.m. with a blood drive benefiting Central PA Blood Bank. The holiday season is a time of critical need for the nation’s blood banks, due to an increase in demand during school and college breaks. All those who attempt to donate will receive a free t-shirt. The blood drive is conducted on the front apron of Dillsburg Citizens Hose Fire Company, 109 South Baltimore Street, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Magician Michael Thomas will entertain donors in the cue.
Indoors is a great place to be in December in Pennsylvania. Community Memorial Hall opens at 4:30 p.m. with childrens’ games and crafts, facepainting, hair painting, and even fingernail painting at the Pickle Parlor. A full kitchen provided by Citizens Hose offers a menu of cheeseburgers, hotdogs, cheesesteaks, hot chocolate, desserts, and of course, the Dillsburg Senior Center’s Famous Pickle Soup! There is also a self-serve chocolate fountain with pickles, marshmallows and other treats for dipping.
The Early Celebration concludes at 7:00 p.m. with “Drop the Baby.” Following their marriage officiated by Dillsburg Mayor Hank Snyder at PickleFest 2009, the Pickles delivered “Lil’ Dill” during the 2010 street fair. When remodeling lowered the ceiling over the hall stage, Mrs. Pickle passed her performance to the next generation. At the baby drop, refrains of Auld Lang Syne are sung while balloons drop over the audience. The evening continues with Dillsburg Kiwanis Bingo games in the hall from 7:30 – 11:30 p.m. Prizes todate have been donated by GIANT Food Stores, Wegman’s, Weis Markets, Olive Garden, OutBack, Isaac’s, Chili’s, Applebee’s, Longhorn Steakhouse, TGIFriday’s, Moe’s Southwest Grill, ABC West Bowling, Cinema Center movie passes, and Park Inn Hotel. Three Black-Out Games will offer prize packages valued over $100.00.
Another exciting new feature this year is the live performance by Rhythm on Main, beginning at 9:00 p.m. in the engine bay. The audience will have an arena view, with seating provided inside the bay and dancing in the streets until Mr. Pickle drops at Midnight. Brad Milbrand, Silver Disc Productions, hosts his final Pickle Drop, with musical entertainment followed by raffle and awards announcements at 11:45 p.m, for “Farthest Travelled” and a drawing of one winner to join the firefighters on the ladder truck to drop Mr. Pickle.