DEFIANCE, Oh (WTVG) - A plan to ring in the new year with a milk jug drop has been cancelled because of the weather forecast.
Arps Dairy, Inc. in Defiance had put together and built the milk jug to be dropped at midnight. It was supposed to be the first of many celebrations.
In a Facebook post the company said, "We and the Defiance Development and Visitors Bureau have made the difficult decision to cancel the NYE Countdown scheduled for Sunday. The weather outside is expected to be frightful, so our NYE celebration would not be so delightful."
They go on to say that they consulted with a number of different agencies including the Defiance county EMA and with the wind chill factors expected to be below zero it was a call they had to make.
"Safety of all attendees, volunteers, and coordinators became the greatest concern," the post read. "We regret having to cancel this community event, but for the safety of everyone who was planning to attend, this is the right decision."
Earlier this month, 13abc visited Arps to learn about the plans for ringing in 2018.
The idea for the party started when Tina VanderMade and her husband Lambert were at a New Year's Eve celebration in another city. They decided to come up with their own take on the holiday, and the idea for a milk jug drop was born.
In case you're wondering if the jug will be full, Tina has the answer, "That's a question we've gotten a lot. Are you guys going to drop a jug of milk? The answer is no way. That would be way too messy. We don't want to have to clean it all up!"
Kirstie Mack is the Visitors Bureau Manager with the Defiance Development and Visitors Bureau. The event has been a lot of work, but like everyone else she's having a lot of fun with it, "There will certainly be no crying over spilled milk on New Year's Eve in Defiance." What there will be is some big star power. A hometown hero will be ringing in the new year at Triangle Park. Race car driver Sam Hornish Jr. will be part of the festivities.
Tina says the story of how that came to be is a great illustration of life in a small town, "My family and I were out shopping one night at Marshall's and there was Sam Hornish Jr. We tugged on his coat sleeve and asked him to be a part of the event, and he said absolutely!"