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Town to Drop Giant Toadstool to Ring in 2014

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    Where else but Kennett Square. Get ready! (Published Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013)

    A local town known for its mushrooms will be ringing in the New Year with a giant replica of the famous fungus.

    The 700-pound, stainless steel toadstool will be lowered from a crane Dec. 31 as residents of Kennett Square, Chester County, Pa. count down to the New Year.

    The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the sculpture will be more than 7 feet wide and 8 feet tall.

    Kennett Square calls itself the mushroom capital of the world because area farms account for about half of U.S. mushroom production.

    The mushroom joins a slew of quirky New Year's Eve traditions in Pennsylvania.

    In Bethlehem, residents celebrate Jan. 1 by lowering an 85-pound statue of a Marshmallow Peep, since the treats are made locally.

    In Easton, officials drop a 10-foot-tall lighted crayon because the city is home to Crayola Inc.

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