August 30, 2014

Medina
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New Year’s walleye drop in Ohio goes back 15 years

PORT CLINTON, Ohio — A Lake Erie community in Ohio is getting ready to drop a giant Fiberglas fish from a crane to welcome the new year, in a tradition going back 15 years.

Port Clinton’s walleye drop at the stroke of midnight New Year’s Eve features a 20-foot, 600-pound replica of the fish that’s plentiful in the area.

The walleye was created by a taxidermist and replaced a 120-pound papier-mâché version used when the event was first introduced in 1996.

The website for Port Clinton’s “Walleye Madness” said restaurants will get into the act Saturday night by offering walleye chowder, walleye sandwiches, walleye cinnamon chips and walleye popcorn.

Outdoor temperatures are expected to be in the 30s.