‘Midnight on Square’ to feature fungi fun

At the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve in downtown Kennett Square, the Mushroom – a 500 pound stainless steel spore glittering with thousands of lights -- will be lowered with a countdown to the new year.

The dramatic drop will mark the finale of the Fourth Annual Midnight in the Square, Kennett Square’s family-style New Year’s Eve bash with music, food and fun, according to a press release from the Mushroom Festival.

Organizers suggest coming early to see the star of the show in all its twinkling glory as it dangles near the ground prior to  being raised at 8 p.m. Entertainment will include dance troupes, singers, and other entertainers. At The Garage, Characters with Character will delight the kids from 6 to 8 p.m. with music, balloon sculptures and caricatures. A laser light show will run continually, adding a new dimension to Kennett Square on New Year’s Eve., the release said.

The Raising of the Mushroom by Bob's Crane Services at 8 p.m. will offer an early cause for celebration and provide a great way for youngsters and those who don't want to stay up late  to experience the Mushroom's flight. It will ascend in dramatic fashion to await the midnight countdown.

The Funsters will rock the crowd  on the Main Stage starting at 9 p.m., generating plenty of singing and dancing. Just before the midnight countdown, the audience will join the Funsters in a rousing rendition of “Sweet Caroline.”

New this year: The Mushroom Drop Party at The Garage. Gather your friends and family and plan on partying the evening away just feet away from the Mushroom Drop and the main music stage. The Mushroom Drop Party will feature a heated space with food and beverages available for purchase by Kennett Brewing Company. The $10 cover charge includes access to The Garage all evening, and New Year’s Eve hats and noisemakers.

General admission for Midnight on the Square will be a nonperishable food item for the Kennett Food Cupboard.

Parking will be available at the Exelon parking lot and Kennett High School. Free shuttle buses will bring guests from these parking lots to Broad and State Street and return guests from this location to their cars after the Mushroom Drop. Neither alcohol nor glass containers will be permitted on the streets, the release said.

The event is a joint venture of the Kennett Area Restaurant and Merchants Association and the Mushroom Festival, Inc. More details, as they become available, will be posted at midnightinthesquare.com.

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