A North Carolina town's annual New Year's Eve celebration will go on, even though a judge ruled against the star attraction.
For the last 19 years, Brasstown has featured a "Possum Drop" at midnight on New Year's. A live possum, placed in a see-through box draped with decorations, was slowly lowered from the ceiling to the ground as revelers counted down the seconds.
But last year PETA sued, saying the event was cruel and illegal. The judge sided with the animal rights group and now organizers are scrambling for a replacement.
Clay Logan, owner of Clay's Corner Store, told Citizen-Times.com that organizers will use either a stuffed possum or a road-kill carcass this time.
Every year about 3,000 people visit Brasstown for the alcohol-free event that features bluegrass music.