Here is a sampling of odd-ball drops that will ring in the New Year:
1) Live possum
Brasstown, N.C., gently lowers a caged possum at midnight. The critter is then set free.
Mobile, Ala., drops a 12-foot electronic MoonPie logo made of plastic and LED lights from the 34-story RSA Trustmark building. Why wait for
Atlanta lowers an 800-pound peach made of fiberglass and foam from a 138-foot tower of lights. More than 170,000 people are expected to cheer the fruit's descent.
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5) Chunk of cheese
In a salute to Wisconsin's dairy industry, the city of Plymouth will drop a decorated metal cheese wedge from a truck ladder raised 100 feet high, according to the Plymouth Arts Center.
6) Beach ball
What better way to celebrate in Panama City, Fla., than with a beach ball? An 800-pound LED-lighted beach ball will descend nearly 100 feet in this seaside city.
In Prescott, Ariz., residents will watch an illuminated 6-foot cowboy boot being lowered from a fire engine ladder for the third year.
The original New Year's Eve ball
The Times Square ball will descend a 130-foot pole to the cheers of hundreds of thousands of revelers in a tradition that has come to symbolize the nation's New Year moment. Supreme Court Justice
"There is a real emotional connection" with the dropping ball, said Jeffrey Straus, president of Countdown Entertainment, an organizer of Times Square New Year's Eve. "It's a shared moment. So when you think about all the drops, that's a big sign of our success."