Reposted from Rich Pereleman
Los Angeles, December 30, 2009- The apple will fall in New York City to mark the start of the new year on Thursday evening, but cigars will be dropping in two Pennsylvania towns to bring in 2010.
In Red Lion, the traditional cigar raising will take place in the downtown area, culminating a celebration that will begin at 5 p.m. The giant cigar commemorates the history of the area, which has a rich cigar-making tradition; the ceremony includes a giant lion (with a red mane, of course) holding a 100-pound, 8-foot, 3-inch long cigar in his hands, which is raised to the top of City Hall . . . which used to be a cigar factory!
In Richland, a giant cigar will mark the midnight hour and the start of 2010 at the Richland fairgrounds. The local American Legion Post has teamed up with John Hay Cigars to sponsor the drop, with the cigar itself fabricated by H.W. Brown Signs.
The Lebanon (Pa.) Daily News reported that the Richland area was also a cigar-making hotbed about a century ago. Area historian Earl Ibach will be on hand with copies of his new book on the area's cigar history, Tulpehocken Cigarama, detailing the cigar industry that once employed thousands in Richland and nearby Newmanstown, Myerstown, Stouchsburg, Womelsdorf, Robesonia and Strausstown.