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New Year's strawberry drops and cracks during Harrisburg hotel test run

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New Year’s strawberry ended up in a messy jam, according to a Dec. 27 Fox News report. The 80 pound strawberry that is lowered every year on New Year’s Eve in Harrisburg fell three stories and cracked during a test run of the city’s New Year’s Eve celebrations, thanks to a faulty harness clip, officials say.

The LeHigh Valley News reports that the Harrisburg Hilton hotel is doing all it can to build a new strawberry just in time for New Year’s Eve. The illuminated strawberry drop started in 1989, and the unlucky strawberry that turned into jam into the test run had been used for 10 years.

According to, every year the ceremonial illuminated strawberry is slowly lowered down the front of the Hilton Hotel as New Year revelers count down the final seconds to the new year.

Assuming the new strawberry does not make it in time for New Year’s Eve, revelers can head to Dillsburg, where they can celebrate the annual New Year's Eve Pickle drop, or Elizabetown, to help celebrate with the drop of the Mars Dove Promise Chocolate at GEARS Community Center.



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