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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.

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.”

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