Local Events to ring in New Year
December 26, 2012
By Kiernan M. Schalk - Sentinel reporter 
Inaugural Kettle Drop - 9:30 p.m.-midnight, McClure Fire Hall

Free admission. Food, raffle and bake sale. Civil War cannon will be set off at midnight.

Down the road in McClure, the McClure Sesquicentennial Celebration Committee is helping to sponsor the first McClure Kettle Drop on New Year's Eve.

Festivities for the non-alcoholic, family friendly event kick off at 10 p.m. at the McClure Fire Hall. There will be food a 50/50 raffle for prizes and a bake sale. There will also be a Civil War cannon set off at midnight.


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Over in McClure - The first-ever kettle drop will take place in McClure on New Year’s Eve, paying homage to the beloved kettle that cooks the McClure ham and bean soup.

“It was a brainy idea I had on the way home from work one day,” said Andrew Benner, borough council president and chairman of the McClure Sesquicentennial Celebration for 2017.

Benner said he wanted a fun way to raise money for the sesquicentennial, which is almost four years away.

The kettle is “the same size as the McClure Bean Soup kettle,” which is 35 gallons deep.

“It only seemed right to make it about the Bean Soup — that long standing tradition of Civil War veterans coming home from war to make the bean soup.” The kettle will be dropped from the fire company’s ladder truck — at 50 feet — outside the fire hall.

Doors open at 9:30 p.m. The evening will consist of free food and contests. Instead of fireworks at midnight the borough will set loose a Civil War canon to blast into the new year.

“We’re selling T-shirts and hoodies advertising the kettle drop,” he added.

A Chinese auction will take place with all incoming funds to benefit the sesquicentennial  celebration.

“There will be a DJ. We’re pulling out all the stops,” he said. “I want to bring the value of ‘community’ back to the community.”

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