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Brasstown's New Year's Eve Possum Drop, Without Possum

Updated: Wednesday, January 2 2013, 10:05 PM EST

The annual New Year's Possum Drop went on in Brasstown, but not without controversy.


Last month, a judge sided with the animal right's group PETA saying the North Carolina Wildlife Commission didn't have the authority to grant a permit for the event.


This year, the organizers of the drop decided not to use a live possum. But as photojournalist Andy Coates shows us, they came up with a creative way to let the show go on.


WATCH: Brasstown's New Year's Eve Possum Drop

Brasstown's New Year's Eve Possum Drop, Without Possum


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