Town's Giant Mushroom To Be Star of Its New Year's Eve Fete

Thursday, 21 Nov 2013 01:08 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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While thousands will celebrate the annual ball drop in New York City's Time Square New Year's Eve, the town of Kennett Square, Pa., will celebrate by way of a giant mushroom, according to the Christian Science Monitor.

Kennett Square, 40 miles west of Philadelphia in Chester County, proclaims itself as the Mushroom Capital of the World, with its local area farms accounting for nearly half of the mushroom production in the United States. 

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For the occasion, a 700-pound, eight-foot high stainless steel mushroom will be lowered from a crane as the final seconds of 2013 tick away.

Kennett Square’s Borough Council gave final approval for the New Year's Eve celebration on Monday.

"Being the mushroom capital of the world, I don’t know, why not," said Kathi Lafferty, coordinator of the annual Mushroom festival.

Kennett Square joins a list of towns with unique New Year's Eve drops across the country. For example, for nearly 20 years, the fishing town of Port Clinton, Ohio, between Toledo and Cleveland near Lake Erie, drops a 20-foot, 600-pound walleye to count down New Year's Eve.

According to Travel and Leisure magazine, in Key West, Fla., partygoers cheer outside of a bar as a red ruby high-heeled shoe with a drag queen named Sushi seated inside is lowered from the balcony. 

In Fayetteville, Ark., the home of the University of Arkansas, city officials drop a sculptured wings hog with a 8.5-foot wingspan from a fire truck as part of its Last Night Fayetteville celebration.

In Raleigh, N.C. officials drop a 900-pound brass acorn on New Year's Eve. Eastpont, Maine officials drop a large sardine, while a carpe is dropped in Prairie du Chien, Wis. 

Pennsylvania has the most towns with unusual drops on New Year’s Eve, including a lollipop in Hummelstown, a frog in Frogtown and a giant pickle in Dillsburg.

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