New York’s ball drop is likely the most well known New Year’s celebration, but Chester County is home to one of the most creative, the Kennett Square Mushroom Drop. Dubbed “Midnight in the Square”, the free New Years’s Eve event begins at 6:00 pm on December 31, 2017, and will continue until well after midnight. Here, you will find food and entertainment for all ages. However, the centerpiece of the festival is the 700-pound lighted Mushroom Drop, a tribute to Kennett Square being the Mushroom Capital of the World.
At 8:45 pm, there will be the mushroom raising, which will lift the ornament 100 feet above State & Union Streets. This is where the massive mushroom will be displayed until the official countdown and lowering that will ring in 2018. However, Louis Capet XXVI LASER Light Shows will start things off with a laser light show at 6:00 pm and other entertainment will begin around 6:30 pm. Additionally, The Funsters, the ever popular rock and soul band, will entertain crowds from 9:00 pm until midnight.
However, Chester County and Kennett Square’s Mushroom Drop is not the only unique New Year’s event that Pennsylvania has to offer. Bethlehem is home of “PeepFeast”, a two-day event that includes a 400-pound Marshmellow Peep drop. Hershey Pennsylvania, the Sweetest Place on Earth, will have a Hershey’s Kiss drop accompanied by fireworks. And, central Pennsylvania celebrates the New Year with a 16-foot Lebanon Bologna drop.
Nevertheless, thousands are expected to fill the streets of Kennett Square for the 2017-2018 Mushroom Drop. If you plan to attend, you will find parking at Exelon Way off E. Baltimore Pike and the Kennett High School. Moreover, free shuttle buses will operate starting at 6 pm to will continue until 1 am. Also, for everyone’s safety, bags will be checked at entrances, no backpacks will be allowed, and open container laws will be enforced. Finally, the New Year’s party is hosted by The Mushroom Festival and Kennett Area Restaurant and Merchant Association.
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