First-ever Blueberry Drop marks historic New Year’s Eve for small town

First-ever blueberry drop marks historic New Year’s Eve for small town

BURGAW, NC (WECT) - A 6-foot aluminum blueberry was the center of attention for New Year’s Eve in Burgaw as the town hosted its first-ever Blueberry Drop on Monday.

Hundreds came out to the historic train depot for the event. Festivities kicked off at 5 p.m. with an Eagles tribute band, food vendors, a fire twirler, and photo booth.

The event was free to the public, and organizers said they hoped it would provide some fun for Pender County residents following a tough 2018.

“Pender County was hit hard by Hurricane Florence and this is a free event so people can have an outlet to take their mind off of what’s going on around them and at home," said Zachary White of Pender County Parks and Recreation.

Organizers said they planned the event early so everyone could enjoy the fun.

“We just want people to come out to Pender County and stay in Pender County and ring in 2019, early that is," White said. "People can still go home and get to bed before midnight.”

The town worked with the North Carolina Blueberry Festival to plan the event.

Students from Cape Fear Community College worked on the blueberry’s framework over the course of three days.

CFCC students work on Burgaw's first-ever blueberry drop. (Source: Pender County)
CFCC students work on Burgaw's first-ever blueberry drop. (Source: Pender County)
CFCC students work on Burgaw's first-ever blueberry drop. (Source: Pender County)
CFCC students work on Burgaw's first-ever blueberry drop. (Source: Pender County)
CFCC students work on Burgaw's first-ever blueberry drop. (Source: Pender County)
CFCC students work on Burgaw's first-ever blueberry drop. (Source: Pender County)

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