NC Towns Greet New Year With Giant Pickle, Flea

In North Carolina, nothing says "Happy New Year" like a giant pickle. Except maybe a giant flea.

Towns and cities across the state are planning to welcome 2011 with their own distinct variations on the world-famous Times Square ball drop.

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. And in the Clay County community of Brasstown, people will gather for the annual lowering of the possum.

In Mount Olive, the festivities include a giant illuminated pickle. But get there early -- they celebrate midnight by Greenwich Mean Time, which means 7 p.m. here in North Carolina.

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  • by Eat Your Luck? on Jan 2, 2011 at 12:41 AM
    I wouldn't eat my rabbit's foot. I suggest you save your giant black-eyed pea. Freeze it for the year.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 1, 2011 at 07:38 AM
    From what I've heard, black eye peas and collards are not just for general luck, but for financial prosperity in the new year. The greens are for currency and peas for the coins. Also, another wives' tale, is the first person (male or female) to your home makes a difference to what kind of luck you'll have.
  • by Linda Location: Edward, NC on Dec 31, 2010 at 10:10 PM
    .....and in EDWARD, NC, instead of dropping anything, we RAISED a star! When it reached the top, a cross lit up! It represented the risen Savior, Jesus Christ, and it was BEAUTIFUL! :)
  • by Anonymous on Dec 31, 2010 at 07:09 AM
    I would have a gaint Black Eye Pea if I had a chance. People in NC eat Black Eye Peas on New Years for Luck. Even though I don't see luck in anything its a cute idea.

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