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Peep lowered to ring in new year a bit early in Bethlehem

By Meghan Packer, Reporter, MPacker@wfmz.com
Published On: Dec 31 2013 04:10:11 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 01 2014 05:01:45 AM CST

The New Year's Eve celebration is underway at SteelStacks in Bethlehem at PeepsFest.

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -

Families rang in the new year a little early at Peepsfest in Bethlehem Tuesday.

A giant Peeps chick dropped in the early evening so a younger crowd could celebrate. There were also fireworks.

There were several activities for families to enjoy at SteelStacks Monday and Tuesday as part of the fifth Peepsfest, presented by ArtsQuest and Just Born.

Some activities were inside the ArtsQuest Center and others were outside.

"It's cheap, it's good to bring them out here, there's a lot of things to do," said parent John Bower of Allentown. "It's a good time and we've never been to SteelStacks before so it was interesting to come see what it looked like."

"It's a good family-friendly environment and fun for the kids," said parent Heather Hechler, who ran in the Peepsfest 5K, which was held at 1 p.m.

Runners who participated in the event were greeted by a heavy snowfall but they didn't seem to mind. A family visiting from Florida also didn't mind the snow.

"It's snowing and this is like our second time since we're here that we've actually seen this and it's really cool, like we never get weather like this in Florida. I love it," said 14-year-old Alexander Weinrich.

Other activities at Peepsfest included arts and crafts, seeing and learning about animals from the zoo including a penguin, making Peeps s'mores outside over a fire, and singing and dancing to kid-friendly bands.

"We thought we would love to share some new tradition with our girls today to see a peep drop, even though we don't really eat them," said Shannon Crawley of Quakertown, who has two sets of twins. "It's really nice because you know how New Year's can get a little crazy and this seems like a good place for kids."