The WRENCH DROP
On December 31, 2017

Mechanicsburg New Year’s Eve

Washington Fire Company, 53 E. Main Street

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About The Wrench Drop

The result of an Eagle Scout project by Mechanicsburg Area School District graduate Sheldon Rodgers, this small town west of Harrisburg dropped its first wrench on New Year’s Eve in 2003. The galvanized steel wrench commemorates the borough’s founders — mechanics who settled in the area to make and repair wagons that were traveling west after crossing the Susquehanna River in the early 19th century. The town celebrates the New Year from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. with the annual drop of a wrench in front of the Washington Fire Company at 53 E. Main St.

LaQuinta
LaQuinta Inn and Suites Mechanicsburg is offering a special $79.00 rate for guests of the 2017 Mechanicsburg Wrench Drop! Just call the hotel at (717) 790-1520 and mention the Wrench Drop for this special rate!

Emcee • DJ • Collectible Wrenchs • Harley-Davidson Sportster

Speaker
Back by popular demand—Voice of the Wrench Drop Bob Buhrig! Owner of Myers-Buhrig Funeral Home and Crematory and President of the Downtown Mechanicsburg Partnership, Bob is very involved in our community. If you have never been to one of his speaking engagements you are in for a treat — his charisma and great sense of humor is sure to keep things lively!
Bob Buhrig

Voice of the Wrench Drop

Speaker
Beginning at 9 p.m. and ending at 11 p.m., we will be selling the annual collector’s limited edition replica wrenches at $8 each. We have 10 complete sets containing wrenches from 2005–2018 for $80 per set. The wrenches may be purchased in advance at Jo Jo's Pizza, The Mechanicsburg Park & Recreation Board, Appalachian Harley-Davidson on Carlisle Pike, Hot Frog Print Media or by calling Darrell Westby at 717-802-0022.  
Collectables

Scout Troop 283

Speaker
New this year we will be raffling a 2017 Harley-Davidson Iron 883N Sportster motorcycle. The tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25. Raffle ticket sales will cease at 11 p.m. and the drawing will be at 11:30 p.m. You do not have to be present to win.
Harley-Davidson Iron 883N Sportster

Event Schedule

Kids 2 hours
  • 6:00 p.m. – 8 p.m. - Kids Program

    New this year — Bring your children age 3 through 6th grade to the First Church of God Learning and Play Center, 28 E. Main Street, Mechanicsburg. We will have music, crafts, games, a photo booth and snacks for the children. This get the little ones out to celebrate the New Year early then back home to bed if they can’t stay up that late! If your children would like to join us, please CLICK HERE to fill in the form so we have an idea of how many kids we will have. If you are unable to be with us at midnight because you have small children to get home to bed or you just can't stay out, Flying Monkey Aerial Videography will be taking pictures, videos and live streaming of the wrench drop this year!

Fun 3.5 hours
  • 9 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. - Music, Refreshments and Silent Auction, Commemorative Wrenchs and 2017 Harley-Davidson Iron 883N Sportster Raffle Tickets

    This free event kicks off with games and music by DJ Bob Arbogast, sponsored by PNC Bank. Food and beverages will be sold by the Washington Fire Company, Eckles Ice Cream Fountain, and Cumberland Valley Marching Band Fry Wagon which will be parked on Myers-Buhrig East driveway. Beginning at 9 p.m. and ending at 11 p.m., we will be selling the annual collector’s limited edition replica wrenches at $8 each. We have 10 complete sets containing wrenches from 2005–2018 for $80 per set. The wrenches may be purchased in advance at Jo Jo's Pizza, The Mechanicsburg Park & Recreation Board, Appalachian Harley-Davidson on Carlisle Pike, Hot Frog Print Media or by calling Darrell Westby at 717-802-0022. Silent auction from 9–10:45 p.m. with gift certificates ranging from $10–$50 from various local merchants. New this year we will be raffling a 2017 Harley-Davidson Iron 883N Sportster motorcycle. The tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25. Raffle ticket sales will cease at 11 p.m. and the drawing will be at 11:30 p.m. You do not have to be present to win. The auction, wrench sales and raffle tickets will be in the covered drive of Myers-Buhrig Funeral Home and Crematory.

Countdown 10, 9, 8…
  • 11:59 p.m. - Wrench Drop

    Bring in 2018 with the countdown to midnight and the dropping of the ten-and-a-half-foot wrench adorned in lights. The result of an Eagle Scout project by Mechanicsburg Area School District graduate Sheldon Rodgers, this small town west of Harrisburg dropped its first wrench on New Year's Eve in 2003. The galvanized steel wrench commemorates the mechanics who settled in the area to repair wagons that were traveling west after crossing the Susquehanna River.

    “We are proud to offer a family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration to the community. We welcome everyone in the area to ring in the new year in Mechanicsburg.”

    Mechanicsburg Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jeff Palm

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Executive Team

Meet the team.

  • Darrell Westby - Event Organizer
  • Kelly Forbes - Website Admin and Kid’s Program
  • Suzi Connor - Kid’s Program Organizer

Donations

Please help support the Wrench Drop and keep the tradition alive!
If you are a business and would like to become a partner please contact Darrell Westby at (717) 802-0022.

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Partners/Sponsors

Our Esteemed Partners/Sponsors for this Event

This year’s activities could not be offered without the generous support of the local business community. We express our sincere gratitude to all of them.
Please support these businesses to show your appreciation! Visit the Sponsor page to see the full list.

Venue

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Event Location

  • Visit Us

    53 East Main Street
    Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

  • Call Us
    Darrell Westby
    (717) 802-0022
  • Email Us
    wrenchdrop@gmail.com

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The event is free and open to the public. If you would like to help us keep this family-friendly tradition going, please consider donating.
The Borough parking lot on East Strawberry Avenue (enter from Arch Street); Myers-Buhrig Funeral Home and Crematory; the former Minnich Garage (enter from Arch Street); PNC parking lot at the corner of Locust and South Market streets; and street parking where available.
Three Port-A-Pots will be located behind the Union Church on Strawberry Avenue.
Washington Fire Company will be selling food and beverages. Washies and Eckles Ice Cream Parlor will also be open. Cumberland Valley Marching Band Fry Wagon will be parked on Myers-Buhrig East driveway.
East Main Street will be closed to traffic and parking from Market Street to Arch Street at 8:30 p.m.
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