SHENANDOAH, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Ringing in the new year their own way…. the Shenandoah community is honoring parts of their culture with a special new year’s eve drop.
“This is our town! Kielbasi and pierogies, this is our town,” said Mary Luscavage, with Downtown Shenandoah, Inc.
A giant, hand-made pierogie and kielbasi dropped 60-feet from a fire truck ladder on new year’s eve.
“We have been talking about this with our promotions chair for years and we just could never get the time to do it,” said Luscavage.
It’s been a town joke for years… But this is the first year local students took action and made it happen.
“Since it first started out as a joke we weren’t really sure what we were going to do,” said Liz Rosa De Aza, a senior at Shenandoah Valley High School.
Four seniors from Shenandoah Valley High School spent weeks building and sewing the giant food replicas.
“I hope they like it, we put a lot of work into it,” said Emily Tovar, one of the students.
“I’m so proud of them. So proud of these girls,” said Luscavage.
Constructing the pierogie and kielbasa became a bonding experience for the friends and families involved. They cut plywood, covered it with fabric, stuffed it with plastic bags and sewed it shut! The end result is a 8-foot by 4-foot pierogie and 10-foot by 4-foot kielbasi.
“We’re really tight and close group of people who hold onto our heritage,” said Tovar.
“We have so many ethnicities from all over, they all join together for something like this,” said Luscavage.
A crowd came out to welcome the new year a little early… At 7 p-m.
“The lights are really the best part,” said senior, Lyn Rosa De Aza.
Many residents say it’s the perfect way to end Shenandoah’s sesquicentennial celebration of 150 years.
“This is a great send off and a welcome to the next 150 years starting with 2017,” said Anne Taylor, teacher and volunteer.
They plan to do it again next year.