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 2004. 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.

Event Schedule

Kids 4 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.

Fun 3.5 hours
  • 9 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. - Music, Refreshments and Silent Auction

    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. We will be selling the annual collector’s limited edition replica wrenches. Silent auction from 9–10:45 p.m. with gift certificates ranging from $10–$89.

    “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

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 2004. The galvanized steel wrench commemorates the mechanics who settled in the area to repair wagons that were traveling west after crossing the Susquehanna River.

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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

Emcee • DJ • Collectibles

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
Bob Arbogast will be spinning the perfect tunes for a diverse audience to keep this party moving and shaking.
Bob Arbogast

Disc Jockey

Speaker
We will be selling annual collector’s limited edition replica wrenches.
Collectables

Scout Troop 283

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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FAQ

Questions About The Wrench Drop. For additional information email wrenchdrop@gmail.com.

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.
Free parking will be available at Myers-Buhrig Funeral Home and Crematory at 37 East Main Street, accessible via East Strawberry Avenue. Parking will be available on surrounding streets as well.
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Washington Fire Company will be selling food and beverages. Washies and Eckles Ice Cream Parlor will also be open.
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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