BY D’ARCY PATRICK EGAN
The early weather forecast doesn’t contain even a hint of rain or snow for New Year’s Eve in downtown Port Clinton, but bundle up just a bit because of the chilly weather and head for the internationally-famous 27th annual Walleye Drop. It’s a party seen around the country and the world that seems to grow every year.
When the 20-foot long, 600-pound fish makes its journey to the Port Clinton Stage at midnight, it’s bright eyes blinking and followed by lots of fireworks, people around the world will enjoy a glimpse of the raucous Lake Erie community.
It will be be a night of music, fun and games. Revelers can wander up and down Madison Street to enjoy a drink or two, dance to the many bands and stage disc jockey KC, or even take a bus ride earlier in the evening on the SWIG Ohio Shuttle based at The Gristmill that will visit other hot spots around town.
For the youngest celebrants, there’s a special Minnow Drop at the Knights of Columbus Hall from 4-6 p.m. for boys and girls, where the “Minnows” will drop at about 7 p.m. There will be lots of snacks and games and visiting celebrities.
The Main Stage on Madison Street on the banks of the Portage River will light up at 3 p.m., and non-stop music, games and selfies with Wylie Walleye will be the order of the afternoon and evening.
Walleye Drop 2024 is presented by Bassett’s Market, sponsoring the event as part of its 125th anniversary, as well as Crown Battery and the Wylie Walleye Foundation, among others.
Folks at home will be able to kick back and enjoy the show, as well, with Buckeye Drone and Clemons live streaming the Walleye Drop. For details visit www.wyliewalleyefoundation.com.