A 400-pound marshmallow Peep will drop on New Year’s Eve

  • A 400-pound Marshmallow Peeps chick will drop in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, on New Year’s Eve.
  • Bethlehem is home to Just Born, the company that makes Marshmallow Peeps.
  • The event is part of an annual two-day celebration known as Peepsfest.
  • The giant chick isn’t actually edible.

You know about the New Year’s Eve ball that drops in Times Square. But in Pennsylvania, it’s a 400-pound Marshmallow Peep that drops to mark the new year.

Naturally, the event takes place in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the home of Just Born, the company that makes Marshmallow Peeps, Chicks, and other sweet squishy goodies. “Peepsfest” is an annual two-day New Year’s Eve festival held at the SteelStacks arts and cultural center.

Peepsfest is an annual celebration.
Jeff Fusco/AP Images for Just Born Quality Confections

The celebration includes a Peeps diorama contest, Peeps sculpture competition, magicians, a fun run, craft activities and more. It’s very family-friendly, and kids don’t even have to stay up until midnight to watch the gigantic Peep drop.

Instead of making the young ones (not to mention, us tired oldsters) stay awake until midnight, the chick makes its famed drop at 5:15 p.m. on Dec. 31. Unfortunately, the Peep might be enormous, but it’s not edible

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2018-12-31 01:32:07

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