Ringing in the New Year with a Mechanicsburg tradition


Jenna Archer, Features Editor

10 . . . 9 . . . 8 . . . 7 . . . 6 . . . 5 . . . 4 . . . 3 . . . 2 . . . 1 . . . Happy New Year! 

New Years Eve is always an exciting time with new beginnings and a fresh start for goals or resolutions. People throw or attend parties, watch the ball drop at midnight in New York City, and others light fireworks. But Mechanicsburg has its’ very own special New Years celebration that is unlike any other.

Every year Mechanicsburg shuts down Main Street in front of the Washington Fire Company for the wrench drop. The wrench drop was originally created by an Eagle Scout, Sheldon Rogers, for his project. The wrench is meant to represent the origins of the Mechanicsburg, all of the mechanics who settled here and built this town from the ground up.

The celebration began at 9pm with opening remarks from Bob Buhrig, who is the owner of Myers-Buhrig’s Funeral Home. Then, the party was officially started.

Music began to fill the streets as DJ Bob Arbogast pumped fun songs through the speakers. There was plenty of food for people to purchase, as well as hot chocolate for people to stay warm as they waited in the chilly air for midnight.

People were milling about while eating, laughing, and talking with friends. Some were dancing to the music and others were huddled together under blankets as their wait grew colder.

For two hours, a silent auction occurred, where local businesses offered baskets and gift cards to be auctioned off to the highest bidders. There was also a large raffle for a variety of prizes, such as gift cards, televisions, or a whopping $5,000!

Jr. Madelyn Snodgrass mentions the commemorative wrenches that are on sale each time the special celebration rolls around again. “Every year that I go to the wrench drop, I buy one of the little wrenches. It’s a cool reminder to look back on the year and remember all of the new memories that I made.”

As the clock drew closer to midnight, the crowd gathered around the fire station where the wrench was waiting. The wrench was attached to the front of the basket on one of the Washie’s ladder trucks. It was outlined in white lights and read 2020 across the middle. 

The crowd began to count down, ready to ring in the New Year. When the clock struck midnight, members of the fire company lowered the truck’s ladder and the wrench with it. 

Sr. Lindsey Merritts went to the wrench drop for the first time this year. She exclaimed that “It was so much fun to spend the night with friends experiencing an old Mechanicsburg tradition. I might have to go back next year!”

Sr. Ilana Jacobson says, “It was really great to see the town of Mechanicsburg come together to watch the wrench drop.” The wrench drop is a celebration unique to our small town and one that everyone from Mechanicsburg should attend at least once before they may move on to the next place!