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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