When the idea of a mushroom drop was proposed a few months ago, it seemed like a great idea. But officials didn’t figure the publicity surrounding the event would intensify to a point where it appeared on a TV segment of “Good Morning America.”
It’s understandable that officials didn’t count on the event generating a large crowd. Organizers met with Kennett Square officials to formulate plans to deal with crowd control. The issues ranged from adding portable toilets to dealing with violators of the borough’s open container ordinance.
Well, the event went off without a hitch. What we saw was a family friendly event, people laughing, small children in strollers. We saw merriment, despite temperatures in the low 20s. And because of all the people huddled in a small area at Union and State streets, it was quite comfortable.
It was heartening that people were very well behaved. Beforehand, there was talk of intoxicated visitors out of control, but that didn’t happen. People were helpful, joyful and polite.
Additionally, many merchants opened their doors so people were able to eat, drink and buy souvenirs well into the early hours. Congratulations to those who stayed up to support the businesses.
Though it’s not official yet, we expect this event will become an annual one, joining the popular Mushroom Festival, Kennett Run and Brewfest. Thousands of people came to the event, entertained by a 10-piece band, “The Funsters.”
At a council meeting Monday night, Kennett Square Mayor Matt Fetick said he was impressed how smoothly things went.
“I think it was a great evening,” Fetick said. “It was safe, there were no arrests, no problems and traffic was easily managed. The way it changed over time so quickly, I think the folks that worked hard, KARMA and the Mushroom Festival, should be commended for adapting and changing and moving as quickly as they did. From a public safety perspective, we have nothing to report at all.”
Kennett Square is quickly becoming the most progressive communities in the county. There are so many fine events throughout the year which attract people to town. This has a ripple effect, creating a robust economy. It’s no fluke that there are no boarded up businesses in the main business district. Many businesses and restaurants, in fact, remained open during the event. The atmosphere was as festive as can be.
Those who came to the mushroom drop were encouraged to bring a non-perishable canned food item for the Kennett Food Cupboard. Collected were 3,128 pounds of food which will help to feed less fortunate people in our community.
“That’s really amazing,” said Kennett Square Council President Leon Spencer about the food collection. “I think we can all feel really good about that.”
We sure can. The Mushroom Drop was a win all the way around.
Much of the credit goes to Kathi Lafferty, who was key in organizing the event. There were many last-minute changes that needed to be made, and she worked to ensure everything went off without a hitch.
We look forward to next year’s mushroom drop. This event is yet another feather in Kennett Square’s cap.