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

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(Read caption) 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.

“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.


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