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In Kennett Square, Pa., A New Year’s Eve Celebration of Mushroominess

(The stainless steel framework of Kennett Square's mushroom, before lights and decorations were added.  Photo provided by Kathi Lafferty)

(The stainless steel framework of Kennett Square’s mushroom, before lights and decorations were added. Photo provided by Kathi Lafferty)

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By John McDevitt

KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. (CBS) — The undisputable mushroom capital of the world, right here in Chester County, Pa., is holding a family-friendly New Year’s Eve event that includes a new tradition:  its first “Mushroom Drop.”

“Somebody asked me why are we doing this,” says Kathi Lafferty, who helped coordinate the event, with a laugh.  “Well, why not?”

At the stroke of midnight, a giant, lighted mushroom will be lowered 80 feet from a crane  in the center of town, at State and Union Streets, near the Kennett Square clock tower.

“It’s a stainless steel mushroom,” Lafferty tells KYW Newsradio.  “I think we were advertising it as 700 pounds with lights and everything, but I think we are a little under that.   But it’s eight feet wide and 7½ feet tall, and it’s lighted with LED lights, and it actually looks like a chandelier in the sky.”

The fun starts at 9pm.  There will be live music, food trucks, and the shops and restaurants around town will be open till midnight. It’s also a charity fundraiser.

“We are asking for donations to the Kennett Food Cupboard, and their trucks will be on site,” Lafferty says.