Port Clinton, Ohio has dropped the Big Walleye downtown since 1996.

Located on the shores of Lake Erie and some of the nation’s best known walleye fishing, the town drops Wylie the Walleye at midnight on December 31. The original papier-mache Wylie the Walleye was 17-feet long, and weighed 120 pounds, but today’s Wylie is a 20-foot long, 600-pound fiberglass fish created by local taxidermist Jim Wendt.

If you would rather see a live animal dropped (safely) on New Year’s Eve, Brasstown, North Carolina is the place to go to see a possum in a Plexiglas box lowered outside a local convenience store at the stroke of midnight.

Happy New Year!