Just what would a town that calls itself the Pickle Capital of the World drop? You got it.
Every New Year's Eve, some 2,000 revelers enjoy pickles, cookies and hot chocolate during the Mt. Olive New Year's Eve Pickle Drop in Mount Olive, NC, (pop.4,589). A glowing green pickle drops into a redwood tank.
It started as a lark 14 years ago when Johnny Walker, president emeritus of the Mt. Olive Pickle Co., gathered with a few employees to watch a pickle slide down a rope and it grew from there. Since Walker had another party to attend that night, he had it at midnight Greenwich Mean Time, which would be 7 p.m. eastern.
It's just as dark at 7 as at midnight. The party begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 7:05 p.m. Partygoers bring canned food items for a local food bank and have a chance to win a door prize which includes a 3-foot pickle identical to the descending dill.
I need to go there sometime for this event as my family is much-tied to this town, My dad was born there and my grandparents lived there.
It Drops Home With This One. --RoadDog