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Nation's Top Quirkiest New Year's Eve Celebration

Last updated on Thursday, November 29, 2012

(VINCENNES) - One of the nation’s “top ten quirkiest New Year’s Eve celebrations,” the 5th Annual Watermelon Drop, returns to Vincennes’ Riverfront Pavilion on December 31st.

At the stroke of midnight, 13 Knox County watermelons will drop to a "splatform" as fireworks light the sky.

The Watermelon Drop has been featured on the CBS Sunday Morning Show and editors of the world's largest travel site, TripAdvisor, Incorporate, listed the event among its 2011 "Top Ten Quirkiest New Year's Eve Celebrations in America."

New this year will be a Barbecue Cook-Off Contest with judging at 9 p.m.- the start time of the celebration at the Riverfront Pavilion. The top prize is $500 with a $250 second prize.

Area businesses, clubs and families are also invited to reserve space to set-up tents or campers adjacent to the Pavilion on either Busseron Street or First Street.

There will also be a DJ and Karaoke. An assortment of Watermelon Drop clothing and novelty items will also be for sale.

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