Town to Drop Giant Toadstool to Ring in 2014

By Wire Reports and NBC10.com Staff
|  Friday, Nov 22, 2013  |  Updated 11:44 AM EDT
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Where else but Kennett Square. Get ready!

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Where else but Kennett Square. Get ready!

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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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