PERRY -- On Dec. 31, the people of Perry will be gazing at a giant, black buzzard.
And thats just the way they want it.
New Years Eve 2013 will not be your typical crystal ball drop in downtown Perry, Mayor Jimmy Faircloth said Tuesday, standing near a miniature water tower with a top hat-clad buzzard figurine inside.
The spectacle was a small replica of the Perry Buzzard Drop, which will kick off downtown this New Years Eve, officials said. At midnight, the bird will fall from the towns water tower.
New York City may host the Apple Drop ... and Georgias own Atlanta will host the pride of the Peach States Peach Drop, Faircloth said. However, here in Perry, we were thinking of something more original.
Officials thought of the giant bologna drop in Lebanon, Penn., the live possum drop in Brasstown, N.C., and the MoonPie drop in Mobile, Ala.
But in Perry we will drop a buzzard, Faircloth said.
The idea came from the migration of buzzards to Perry every fall. The birds already have been spotted around town this year, and hundreds are expected to roost throughout the city, officials said.
But the largest buzzard will roost on top of the water tower on New Years Eve. Bob Taylor, city vehicle maintenance director, built the buzzard with scrap materials at a low cost to the city, Faircloth said.
Im glad to see the city doing something for New Years, Taylor said.
The event will begin at 9 p.m. with live music, food, drinks and souvenirs. Additionally, downtown businesses will stay open late.
The merchants are very excited by it -- anything that brings people downtown, said Mildred McIntosh, president of the downtown merchants association. Its not just about making the sale. Its about making downtown the place to go.
To contact writer Jenna Mink, call 256-9751.