By Associated Press - Wednesday, December 31, 2014

ESCANABA, Mich. (AP) - New York City has the ball drop on New Year’s Eve. In Michigan, there’s the pasty drop.

It’s pure Upper Peninsula.

The Daily Press ( says a replica of a very large pasty, made with wire and lights, will be dropped at midnight in Escanaba for the second consecutive year.

A pasty is a baked pastry commonly filled with meat and potatoes and made popular by miners who emigrated to Michigan decades ago. It’s still a popular food. Escanaba, 140 miles west of the Mackinac Bridge, also is planning fireworks Wednesday night.

Organizers hope to make the pasty drop an all-day event in the future.

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