Long Tran, a horticulture trainee from Vietnam, spent his New Year’s Eve at the one and only Walleye Drop in Port Clinton, Ohio. “I experienced life in small-town America near one of the five Great Lakes of the North- Lake Erie. They had a special small-town community festival,” Tran shared. “Many people were there dancing, eating, and celebrating. Everybody counted down from 10 to 1 and then sang the Happy New Year Song. They even had a special fireworks display over Lake Erie and that was perfect for me! I loved it, and I will never forget my first American New Years!”
About the Walleye Drop Festival in Port Clinton, Ohio
“For the past 20 years, thousands have braved the cold and gathered for hours, in waiting for the”Madness at Midnight” Walleye Drop. Port Clinton is the “Walleye Capital of the World,” so what else would they do on New Year’s Eve but drop a 20-foot, 600-pound walleye from the sky at the stroke of Midnight! The small town USA energetically promotes the celebration through the participation of local businesses. Restaurants prepare Walleye specialties such as Walleye Chowder, Walleye Sandwiches, Walleye Cinnamon Chips, and Walleye Popcorn. A local Winery has even created a “Walleye White” wine to honor the city’s Walleye Fame. Recognizing the momentum of Port Clinton’s “Madness at Midnight,” (http://www.walleyemadness.com/).