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New Year's Eve traditions take local twists with unique ball drops

The Pinecone Drop

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The Pinecone Drop

In Flagstaff, Ariz., a 70-pound, 7-foot lighted pinecone drops from the top of the Weatherford Hotel.

The Great Pinecone Drop was first introduced by the Weatherford Hotel to ring in new millennium and to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the hotel, which opened on Jan. 1, 1900.

Ever wonder why we drop the ball -- or other objects -- to welcome the New Year? Read about the history behind this wholly American tradition

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