I hope everyone had a wonderful and safe time celebrating the countdown to a new year, new beginnings and lots of new adventures to come.
It was my first time ringing in the new year in Yuma, Arizona. This place has been my home away from home for the past two years as I anchor the local news here so it only seemed like the perfect place to be on New Years.
Last night was a first for Yuma as we began a brand new tradition. The Yuma's Iceberg Drop. We hung an eight feet by eight feet, 200 pound illuminated iceberg lettuce that dropped at 10:00 p.m. and midnight in our historic downtown. The gigantic lettuce head hung above the crowds like a beacon of hope for the new year.
Photo by Carrie Ring
Those reading this and wondering why iceberg lettuce? Well, it’s because Yuma is a farming town in the desert southwest. A major part of this rather quaint town is that we help feed the world. Yuma is the winter lettuce capitol of the world – a three billion dollar industry. If you’ve eaten any lettuce lately it probably came from a farm in Yuma, Arizona.
The other unique thing about this town is that we have sunshine almost 365 days of the year. We are crowned as the sunniest place on earth. I like to say our sunshine is what brings people in and our warm-hearted community gets people to stay.
Last night taught me that there is nothing quite like being in a small town on New Year’s Eve. The pride and joy is absolutely electric, and nothing shined more bright than the smiles on the children’s faces when they saw the lighted lettuce drop.
There was so much for the whole family to do. From live local performances to a rockin’ DJ Bobby McClendon of BMC Productions and Entertainment, this was the place to be on New Year’s Eve. Live music by the GWYNN and Jason and Elle.
If you choose to spend next New Year’s Eve in Yuma, one thing you won’t be disappointed in… the food. We like to keep it fresh and local here in Yuma. I started the night off at 251 Twisted Kitchen. It’s called a “twisted” kitchen because they like to take a spin off of traditional food. Click the images below to get a better look! I ordered their artichoke dip (best I have ever had!) and a tri-tip burrito. I also recommend checking out Da Boys, Jimmy Dees, Lutes Casino, The Pint House and Prison Hill Brewing Company on your visit here.
Also, if you missed your chance last night to get an Iceberg Lettuce Drop shirt they are still selling them in the Visitor’s Center for $20.
Yuma's Iceberg Drop