Brasstown Possum Drop | A Hillbilly New Years

Somebody ate one too many possums it looks like.
At the same moment New York City’s spectacular illuminated Waterford crystal ball begins its descent in Times Square, residents of Brasstown, N.C.—population 240—will ring in the New Year at the town’s annual possum drop.


Forget NY, in NC we drop our own anti-PETA possum in celebration of the new year. Claiming I'm from the upper-side of the NC tracks does little to deter the obvious image problems such an event presents to the state of NC and our poor wildlife.


Welcome to Beautiful Downtown Brasstown, North Carolina- "Opossum Capital of the World!"...Population 240, Been the same for 100 years or more. Some lady gets pregnant - some guy leaves town. Used to be the "Moonshine Capital of the South", but not anymore, it has gone to pot.

The most exciting thing that we do in Brasstown, besides going to the John C. Campbell Folk School and dance with the pretty Danish girl, is "Lowering the Opossum on New Year's Eve." If New York can drop a "Ball", Georgia can drop a "Peach", then we can lower the Opossum."
"We are now high tech redneck. We have an electronic technician to handle the sound system and the big-screen so that the entire crowd can see and hear the festivity. Electronics included a computer system and a TV screen known as the Possumtron. 
  It's official, the next time I'm abroad and some asks where I'm from... I'll show them this video:


North Carolina prohibits unjustifiable physical abuse to animals, but the law does not say anything about psychological pain. "I don't think any D.A. would touch it with a 10-foot pole," Professor Reppy said.

That frustrates Brenda Overman, president of the Greensboro, N.C., chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. "I'm sure the animal is traumatized," Ms. Overman said. "You walk up on a possum in the woods, they freeze; they're terrified.

They're putting it through horror for hours. Instant death would be better." 
 Apparently NC is full of unusual events: I'm fond of Mount Olive's idea quite honestly:

Mount Olive celebrates midnight by Greenwich Mean Time, which is 7 p.m. in North Carolina. Activities include a giant illuminated pickle.

Raleigh will drop its famous acorn, while the Cumberland County town of Eastover will drop a 3-foot-tall, 30-pound flea made of fabric and wood.

A celebration in Kure Beach will include the dropping of a giant lighted beach ball.

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