After ringing in 2021 virtually, the Lebanon New Year’s Eve Bologna Drop returns for the 25th time to commemorate 2022 in the most Lebanon way.
The 2021 Lebanon Bologna Drop will be held on New Year’s Eve (Friday, Dec. 31) on Eighth Street between Chestnut and Cumberland streets from 7 p.m. to midnight.
At 3:00 p.m. the bologna will go on public display as it is attached to a Lebanon County-themed disco ball/meat hook designed and constructed by local fabricators E&E Metal Fabrication. The bologna itself is to be processed at the Weaver Plant and donated by Godshall’s Quality meats. Following festivities, the bologna will be donated to the Lebanon Rescue Mission.
New Year’s Eve at the Bologna Drop will kick off with a few activities targeted towards local families with young children. Juntos de Lebanon will have programming for kids from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., and Downtown Lebanon is looking for other groups that might want to be involved with providing activities for kids during this time.
At 8:00 p.m., the bologna will be raised to its pre-drop position in a family-friendly event that will provide a (just slightly early) way to ring in the new year with the young ones.
DJ Jim Payne will provide entertainment, and a “special guest” is said to possibly be making an appearance to fry up bologna sandwiches.
Parking will be prohibited at the Eighth and Walton parking lot on Dec. 31 from 2:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. The following streets will also be closed beginning at 3 p.m. on Dec. 31 and lasting into the new year:
- 8th Street, Cumberland Street to Chestnut Street
- Walton Street, Gannon Street to Liberty Street
Sponsors of the event include Godshall’s Quality Meats, Big Bold Ideas, Tom B. Morrissey, E&E Fabrication, Lebanon Farmers Market, the Lebanon Foundation, and the City of Lebanon.
The Bologna Drop debuted on the night of Wednesday, Dec. 31, 1997, and ever since then Lebanon has dropped a giant version of the iconic regional delicacy as midnight rolls around.
Read More: The history of Lebanon’s Bologna Drop
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