The Village of Marathon is preparing to ring in the New Year with a celebration unique to the community known for its sticky sweet maple syrup.
In order to recognize the Village of Marathon’s over 40 year love affair with all things maple the community will drop a lit Maple Leaf instead of a traditional lighted ball to ring in 2013.
It will be 43 years, in 2013, that the Marathon Community has hosted a popular spring time Maple Festival.
Connie White, President of the Marathon Area Historical Society hopes that the Maple Leaf drop will become an annual event to promote the upcoming Maple fest and part of the communities long standing sappy traditions.
The lighted Maple Leaf, was designed and crafted by Jim Willis, a local wood craftsman it was hoisted atop the Marathon Village Green’s flagpole last month.
Willis is already looking ahead and plans to make the maple leaf bigger and brighter.
White says the drop will take place no matter the weather, old fashioned hot cocoa and graham crackers, courtesy of the Historical Society will be available from 11:45p.m December 31until 12:15 January 1st.