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Plymouth Cheese Drop Gala kicks off the New Year

(WKOW) — What started as a fun event for families to attend on New Year’s Eve has become a tradition spanning over a decade.

“We’ve made the national news quite a few times and different publications,” Donna Hahn, the Executive Director of the Plymouth Arts Center said.

“Trip Advisor has recognized us for a couple of years as being one of the top ten quirkiest things to do on New Year’s Eve.”

The annual Plymouth Cheese Drop is celebrating the New Year. Sartori Cheese Company sponsors the event and provides cheese gift bags for the first 250 families in attendance, as well as creating the big wedge of cheese that gets lowered from a Plymouth fire department ladder truck.

“They are just a wonderful supporter of all of the things that we do here at the Arts Center,” Hahn said. “In fact, the cheese companies are considered our major sponsors. We consider them our season sponsors of many of our events.”

The all inclusive event will have activities for kids and families such as live music, and an outdoor bonfire where kids can make pudgy pies and s’mores and then watch the Cheese Drop.

“The Sartori Company had suggested that we move the cheese drop to ten o’clock. We were very pleasantly surprised at how many people really did come out, and how many families did come out,”Hahn said.

So why a cheese drop in Plymouth? An estimated fifteen percent of cheese consumed in the United States moves through Plymouth, as either bulk or converted cheese products for retail and food service. And two years ago, Plymouth was officially designated as “Cheese Capitol of the World”.

“I think it’s just perfect. And it’s all family-friendly and people love it and we’re going to continue to do it!”


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