New Year’s Eve to feature a Potato Roll drop

New Year's Eve

New Year’s Eve in Chambersburg will feature what is probably the community’s most well known product: A Martin’s Potato Roll. The rolls, made locally by Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe, are distributed far and wide, in practically every state across the country

Downtown Chambersburg Inc. president, Sam Thrush, the community will ring in 2023 with a “Potato Roll Drop” on the square on New Year’s Eve.  The big question is this: Will a single potato roll drop, or an entire package of rolls? Or perhaps an entire potato roll sandwich?

The Martin’s Potato Roll Drop, scheduled for the evening of Saturday, December 31st, will feature a  family friendly event in which spectators can surround the square to help celebrate the new year.  

“I am ecstatic to announce this partnership with Martin’s to help bring such a fun and unique event to downtown by doing a ‘Potato Roll Drop’ with Martin’s Potato Rolls,” Thrush said. “I am thrilled to have so many businesses already signed on to help sponsor this event, and look forward to getting even more local businesses to participate.” 

Downtown Chambersburg, Inc., has secured the following partnerships: 

  • Martin’s Famous Potato Rolls – Title Sponsor 
  • American Print Solutions – Creating the item to be dropped 
  • Art Sign Company – Signs 
  • Beam Graphix – Shirts and merchandise  
  • Chambersburg Chamber Ambassadors 
  • VerStandig Media – Radio Advertising 
  • LMNTL Creative – Event’s Promo video 
  • Shafer Equipment Company – Equipment Operator for Event/Drop 
  • Franklin County Visitors Bureau 

Event sponsorship opportunities are still available. Businesses wishing to participate as event sponsors can contact Sam Thrush at for additional information.  

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