In the self-proclaimed Possum Capital of the South, a descending marsupial marks the countdown at the New Year's Eve Possum Drop at Clay's Corner in Brasstown, NC, (pop 240). Owner Clay Logan calls it a "hi-tech redneck event."
PETA has sued the NC Wildlife Resources Commission to prohibit the use of a live opossum for the event. Logan says that in past years, the unharmed critter was released afterwards.
He started the shindig in 1993 to attract customers to his out-of-the-way store. He sells possum-related hats, tee-shirts,postcards, etc.. It also features hillbilly humor, a Miss Possum contest and fireworks.
Shamokin, Pennsylvania, (pop. 7,374) its a New Year's Eve Coal Drop. Hey, its in the heart of coal country. A large black lump of Styrofoam wrapped in multicolored lights drops down a flagpole.
And, Pickles Get In On the Act. --RoadDog