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Brasstown having possum drop, without live possum

BRASSTOWN, N.C. (AP) — A New Year's Eve possum drop that attracts thousands of people to a tiny western North Carolina town will go on this year, with one big change: It won't involve a live possum.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports (http://avlne.ws/W3BJnk) Thursday that Brasstown will have the event Dec. 31 but with a different guest of honor.

During past drops, the possum was suspended in a see-through box covered with tinsel and lowered to the ground at midnight.

Last month, a judge ruled a state agency lacked authority to issue a permit for the drop. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals had sued, calling the event illegal and cruel.

Clay Logan has been doing the drop for years. He says he's considering using a stuffed animal or maybe road kill this year.

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