WENATCHEE, Wash. -- No one would ever mistake Wenatchee for a major metropolis. Surrounded by fruit orchards and rolling brown hills, downtown is home to the landmark Owl Soda Fountain and the nearly 108-year-old Mills Brothers clothing store.
For a long time the city has seemed very set in its ways, but some in this apple town are hungry for a bite of the big apple.
“We're trying to put Wenatchee on the map,” said businessman Darren Reynolds.
Apparently, that starts with a suitable New Year's Eve party. Reynolds approached some guys in the welding program at Wenatchee Valley College, and they decided to design their own version of a Times Square New Year's Eve.
“This is a new tradition,” he said. “It's a little different than New York City.”
Where New York calls itself “The Big Apple,” Wenatchee actually has one.
“We’re the apple capital of the world,” said Reynolds. “It just seems appropriate that if we're gonna drop something in Wenatchee it should be an apple.”
“When they came to us about building it, we immediately jumped at the chance,” said Zack Jacobson, Program Coordinator of Industrial Technology at Wenatchee Valley College.
Over the course of just a few days they built a 4-1/2 foot tall aluminum apple that will drop at the city’s new Pybus Market to welcome 2014. It’s covered with lights and at its core is a spinning disco ball.
“I just can't wait to put it up, light it up and drop it on New Year's Eve,” said Jacobson.
Reynolds says Wenatchee has never really had much of a citywide celebration for the new year, but he hopes the new apple tradition will hang around for a long time.
“This means a lot to me and all the people who have made it possible,” he said. “We're hoping it's something people will come to see and celebrate.”
Find more information about the Pybus Market Year’s Eve Party.