The village of Delta, in Fulton County, will drop a 6-foot costumed, fake chicken at midnight from a fire truck ladder on Wood Street on the west side of Delta Memorial Hall. The New Year’s Eve celebration is a new event for the village of roughly 3,000 and serves as the kickoff to a year’s worth of sesquicentennial celebrations.
The village was incorporated in 1863 and plans a series of events throughout 2013 to mark the anniversary. It chose to celebrate the new year with a chicken drop in honor of the village’s biggest event -- the annual Delta Chicken Festival.
Meanwhile, elsewhere in the great state of Ohio:
A 600-pound fiber-glass fish has hooked thousands of revelers on a New Year’s Eve tradition in Port Clinton.
Wylie Walleye drops from a crane as crowds gather on Madison Street in this Lake Erie community — known as the Walleye Capital of the World — to count the seconds until midnight.
Meanwhile, in Waterville, a life-size mannequin of General “Mad” Anthony Wayne will be in the spotlight in a similar ceremony.
Organizers of the Port Clinton event said the descent today can be watched on The Late Show with David Letterman. The CBS program contacted organizers to arrange to show bits from the drop, said Don Clemons, chairman of the Walleye Madness at Midnight committee.
The TV interest has brought extra buzz to the 16th annual event. “I think it adds a lot to it,” said Bill Yuhasz, who owns several businesses near the celebration site.
Representatives for The Late Show could not be reached for comment on Friday...
...Roughly 50 miles to the west, customers and townspeople will gather outside Mad Anthony’s Tavern in Waterville to watch as a life-size mannequin of Gen. “Mad” Anthony Wayne, dressed in a rented costume, complete with a tricorn hat and white-powdered wig, is lowered from the roof.
The bar empties just before midnight to see the spectacle. Tavern owner Kim Crawford said she’s seen children in pajamas come to watch.