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New Year’s strawberry breaks in three-story fall: Omen for 2014 things to come?

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The New Year’s strawberry drop, which is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s equivalent of the Time Square ball drop, hopefully isn’t indicative of the year to come. A trial run of the New Year’s strawberry drop ended up in a smashed mess after falling three stories, according to ABC News on Dec. 28.

The New Year’s fallen strawberry is being called a “messy jam” in the media. That sounds about right when an 80-pound strawberry takes a three-story free-fall. The illuminated strawberry met its demise during the trial run and the fall is being blamed on a “faulty harness clip.” The folks at the Hilton are busy having another strawberry built so that the New Year’s festivities can go off as planned in front of the downtown Harrisburg Hilton,

The tradition of dropping a strawberry started in 1989. The strawberry is used over and over again and the strawberry that’s now in pieces from Friday’s fall has been used for the past 10-years.

Those of you who are superstitious or of the glass-half-empty mindset might see the strawberry free-fall indicative of what to expect in 2014. Those of you who are glass half-full kind of folks may see this as out with the old strawberry and in with the new, as good things will come in 2014. Which will it be? Then of course there are some folks that simply feel if life gives you a smashed strawberry, all you can do is make jam!



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