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Town giant mushroom to star in local New Year's Eve celebration

Town giant mushroom: Kennet Sation, Pa.'s town giant mushroom will be the star of local New Year's Eve celebration. Several towns have adopted similarly quirky New Year's traditions.

By Correspondent / November 21, 2013

Town giant mushroom: Some towns are planning to start their own New Years' Eve traditions to rival New York's Times Square ball drop. While Kennet Station, Pa. will drop a giant mushroom at midnight, the mayor of Perry, Ga., shown here, announced plans last month to ring in the new year with a buzzard drop.

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Rarely is it a joyful experience to have a giant fungus among us but in one Pennsylvania town a giant mushroom will drop on the populace to ring in 2014, reminding us that traditions don’t have to be old – they just have to be memorable.

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Lisa Suhay, who has four sons at home in Norfolk, Va., is a children’s book author and founder of the Norfolk (Va.) Initiative for Chess Excellence (NICE) , a nonprofit organization serving at-risk youth via mentoring and teaching the game of chess for critical thinking and life strategies.

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“I’d hate to see the toad that comes next,” was my 10-year-old son’s reaction to hearing that a 700-pound, stainless steel toadstool will be lowered from a crane Dec. 31 as residents of Kennett Square, Pa. count down to the New Year.

The town's giant mushroom sculpture will be more than 7 feet wide and 8 feet tall, a nod to the town’s share of the national mushroom market. The area’s farms account for about half of US mushroom production, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.

In other New Year news, the town of Perry, Ga. is going to drop a buzzard in honor of the annual buzzard migration there.

New York City may host the Apple Drop ... and Georgia’s own Atlanta will host the pride of the Peach State’s Peach Drop,” Faircloth told the Macon Telegraph. “However, here in Perry, we were thinking of something more original.”

Pennsylvania really has the drop on other states when it comes to New Year’s Eve countdowns: Lebanon, Pa. drops bologna, Bethlehem lowers an 85-pound statue of a Marshmallow Peep, Easton drops a 10-foot-tall lighted crayon because the city is home to Crayola Inc.

Yet other cities are getting on top of things, too, with Brasstown, N.C. lowering a live possum and Mobile, Al. dropping a massive Moon Pie.

Learning this prompted me to call our city’s PR manager, Lori Crouch and ask about The City of Norfolk’s New Year’s Eve plans, “Are we ever gonna drop a mega mermaid at midnight?”


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