Chagrin Falls prepares to drop 'Hugh Mungus,' a 233-pound popcorn ball, to ring in new year

Posted at 11:07 AM, Dec 31, 2019

CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio — The annual tradition of the giant New Year’s Eve popcorn ball drop is back, but this year it’s bigger and better. Every year, the Chagrin Falls Popcorn Shop creates a massive popcorn ball to drop at midnight to ring in the New Year.

The shop retired Ms. Poppy, the popcorn ball used last year, and replaced it with "Hugh Mungus," a popcorn ball six times bigger than Ms. Poppy, weighing over 233 pounds, with a diameter of 5 feet, 10 inches.

The giant popcorn ball awaits the dropping on NYE.

The ball will drop from a 50-foot flagpole on Chagrin Falls Triangle by the Senior Elves of the Village.

The giant popcorn ball awaits the dropping on NYE.

A team constructed the popcorn ball using local Ohio grown popcorn, butter, sugar, glucose, water and Fiberglass resin. The foundation of the popcorn ball was made out of six different-sized kiddie pools.

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Left to right , Demario Craig, Mike Raymond, Rob Schwind, Dewey Forward at the Chagrin Falls Kitchen.

Visitors who want to see the popcorn ball up close can go to Chagrin Falls for the ball drop, with festivities beginning around 11:15 p.m.

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