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December 21, 2016

Suburban town hosts unique ball drop on New Year's Eve

Welcome to the 'mushroom capital of the world'

Holidays New Year's Eve
Kennett Square Mushroom Drop NYE Courtesy of 'Midnight in the Square'/Kennett Square

Kennett Square, the "mushroom capital of the world," does New Year's Eve a little different than New York City.

For the fourth year, Kennett Square will host its version of a New Year's Eve ball drop. As the "mushroom capital of the world," this suburban town raises and drops an 8-foot-tall, 500-pound stainless steel mushroom. To attend, just bring a non-perishable food item to support Kennett Area Community Service.

Between 7 and 8 p.m., the mushroom will be lit and raised to be dropped at midnight. Before the one-of-a-kind show, though, there's plenty of entertainment.

Dancers from Longwood Performing Arts will put on a show, and there will be a laser show every hour beginning at 6 p.m. Restaurants and street vendors will also be open in Kennett Square to feed the crowd.

At 9 p.m., the Garage Community and Youth Center at 115 S. Union St. will open its doors for a holiday party. There's a $10 admission fee to warm up in the venue with food, wine and beer. New Year's Eve hats and noisemakers will be provided to all attendees.

The Funsters, a rock and soul band, will be on stage outside the community center until after the midnight mushroom drop.

Midnight in the Square: Fourth Annual Mushroom Drop

Saturday, Dec. 31
Beginning at 6 p.m.
Intersection of State and Union streets
Kennett Square