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New Year’s Eve Possum Drop

New Year’s Eve Possum Drop, Brasstown

New York may have its descending Waterford crystal ball to ring in the New Year, but Brasstown has, well, Brasstown has its own icon: a possum. That’s right, a live possum in a festively decorated Plexiglas container is gently lowered to signify the beginning of the New Year.

Of course, the event wouldn’t be complete without music, homemade cider and a pageant to elect Miss Possum. These and other activities combine for a New Year’s Eve not to be forgotten.
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Ayden Collard Festival, Ayden

The Ayden Collard Festival got its name about 30 years ago when the town decided it needed a festival but couldn’t decide what to call it. The local newspaper held a contest, collards won out over cucumbers, and the rest is history. The festival has all the traditional elements, such as a parade, concerts, foods, arts and crafts, carnival rides, a 5K run/walk and, of course, the crowning of the Collard Queen.

There are also events to honor the festival’s namesake: the Collard Cooking Contest, followed by the Collard Eating Contest. But perhaps the most anticipated event is the “Ms. Collard Blossom Womanless Beauty Pageant,” in which Ayden men create some real Kodak moments.




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