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And don't forget about the Sausage Drop in nearby Elmore, Ohio.
A friend and I went up to the Walleye drop a few years ago. It was a lot of fun actually, even if the fish wasn't as sparkly as the ball in NYC.
Was thinking of going to NYC but the thought of massive crowds sounded like massive stress. Springtime seems like a better time to go.
Walleye and Sausage sound like better themes than binge drinking.
An abridged history of New Years from wiki:
The Ancient Romans began their years on 1 January since 153 BC. During the Middle Ages, under the influence of the Christian Church, many countries moved the start of the year to one of several important Christian festivals — 25 December (the Nativity of Jesus), 1 March, 25 March (Annunciation), or Easter.  Eastern European countries (most of them with populations showing allegiance to the Orthodox Church) began their numbered year on 1 September from about 988.
England, Ireland and the British colonies changed the start of the year to 1 January in 1752, (so 1751 was a short year with only 282 days).