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

Thursday, 21 Nov 2013 01:08 PM

By Clyde Hughes

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
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. 

Editor's Note: ObamaCare Is Here. Are You Prepared?

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.

Editor's Note: Do You Support Obamacare? Vote in Urgent National Poll

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Cambodia HIV Outbreak: 100-Plus People Diagnosed; Investigation Sought

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 18:50 PM

More than 100 HIV infections in a single Cambodian village have spurred the country's prime minister to ask for an inves . . .

Slender Man Case: Two Girls Competent to Stand Trial in Stabbing

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 18:26 PM

Two girls who allegedly stabbed a 12-year-old friend over the online game Slender Man are competent to stand trial for a . . .

Kate Upton Sexiest Woman Alive; Model Apologizes to Teen Brother

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 17:52 PM

Model Kate Upton was selected as People magazine's first Sexiest Woman Alive, a month after Chris Hemsworth received the . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved