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NC towns greet New Year with pickle, flea

Posted December 31, 2010

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— In North Carolina, nothing says "Happy New Year" like a giant pickle. Except maybe a giant flea.

Towns and cities across the state are planning to welcome 2011 with their own distinct variations on the world-famous Times Square ball drop.

In Fayetteville, a dogwood flower will drop at midnight during the city's celebration in Festival Park.

Raleigh will drop its famous acorn, while the Cumberland County town of Eastover will drop a 3-foot-tall, 30-pound flea made of fabric and wood.

A celebration in Kure Beach will include the dropping of a giant lighted beach ball. And in the Clay County community of Brasstown, people will gather for the annual lowering of the possum.

In Mount Olive, the festivities include a giant illuminated pickle. But get there early — they celebrate midnight by Greenwich Mean Time, which means 7 p.m. here in North Carolina.

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  • independentvoter3 Dec 31, 2010

    I would still like to know how much money the city and county are spending on this fiasco? LHWD

    No worries. Those who attend will foot the bill in the form of an admission fee. I wonder though...if enough money isn't raised, will the tax payers pick up the bill? Hmmmm... looks like those that attend (wake co. residents) may get double taxed....

  • LuvLivingInCary Dec 31, 2010

    the whole admission button thing is really stupid...only passed in stupidity by the dropping of an acorn....

  • 5Rs Dec 31, 2010

    Let's see - Possum, adorned with pickle and Acorn squash on the side - anybody hungry? Pardon me while I scratch.

  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc Dec 31, 2010

    Awesome! I do enjoy learning the local history behind these traditions. Happy New Year!

  • rexchex Dec 31, 2010

    I hope to drop a few pounds and some bad habits.

  • Stand-In-The-Door Dec 31, 2010

    I would still like to know how much money the city and county are spending on this fiasco?

  • tjhiggs68 Dec 31, 2010

    TOO hilarious all of you! Happy New Year to you and hopefully it will be a better year.

  • OGE Dec 31, 2010

    LOL @ amyrn, really?
    tjhiggs68

    Considering they are the city with the most bedbugs...um yeah pretty much!

  • RB-1 Dec 31, 2010

    And the Acorn is ugly.

    Why don't they polish it before they use it???

  • RB-1 Dec 31, 2010

    Am just blessed no NC town doesn't have the name of one small PA town - Intercourse, PA, or gawd only knows what they'd be dropping.

    Yep

    In the old days, it use to mean "crossroads."

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