PLYMOUTH (WKOW) -- Dropping a wedge of cheese has become quite the New Year's Eve tradition for a Wisconsin town.
"We've made the national news quite a few times and different publications," Executive Director of the Plymouth Arts Center Donna Hahn said. "Trip Advisor has recognized us for a couple of years as being one of the top ten quirkiest things to do on New Year's Eve."
The annual Plymouth Cheese Drop is celebrating ten years of ringing in the New Year. Sartori Cheese Company sponsors the event and provides cheese gift bags for the first 250 families in attendance, as well as creating the big wedge of cheese that gets lowered from a Plymouth fire department ladder truck.
"They are just a wonderful supporter of all of the things that we do here at the Arts Center," Hahn said. "In fact, the cheese companies are considered our major sponsors. We consider them our season sponsors of many of our events."
The family-friendly event will have activities for kids and families such as live music, and an outdoor bonfire where kids can make pudgy pies and s'mores and then watch the Cheese Drop!
"The Sartori Company had suggested that we move the cheese drop to ten o'clock which was something new last year," Hahn said. "We were very pleasantly surprised at how many people really did come out, and how many families did come out."
So why a cheese drop in Plymouth? An estimated fifteen percent of cheese consumed in the United States moves through Plymouth, as either bulk or converted cheese products for retail and food service. And two years ago Plymouth was officially designated as "Cheese Capitol of the World".