By Melissa Robinson
Ring in the New Year
without the traffic and hassle of parking in Atlanta by bringing
the family to the 2nd annual Geranium Drop in McDonough, to be
held New Year’s Eve on the McDonough Square.
The Geranium will drop again
on the McDonough Square to ring in the New Year.
This year’s Geranium Drop
will begin at 8 pm. when Mayor Billy Copeland will kick off the
festivities that will feature food, music, dancing and fun.
Last year, just over
1,000 people attended the Geranium Drop and according to
Jennifer Price, McDonough Hospitality and Tourism Director, this
year’s event promises to be bigger and better.
“Last year’s Geranium
Drop was a huge success and this year we expect to double the
number of people who attended last year,” she said. It’s going
to be a fun, family-friendly event with something for everyone.”
Price said The Full House
Band will play the night away until 1 a.m. and DJ DannyRay will
spin all the latest tunes. Two dance floors will be set up on
the Square, one for adults and one for children, and area
restaurants will be open late so patrons can eat, drink and
welcome 2013. Again this year, commemorative cups will be sold
for $5 apiece and may be purchased prior to the celebration at
the McDonough Welcome Center or on New Year’s Eve at the party.
“The cups are brand new
this year and they are “mood” cups that change color with the
temperature of the liquid inside them. And our downtown
restaurants will be offering drink specials specifically for the
cups,” said Price.
She said in addition to
the area restaurants, there will be vendors selling delicious
refreshments, from barbecue to fried Oreos, and everything in
To add to the excitement,
she said that long-distance runner, Jen Hanekamp, will complete
a 132K run, making her way from Milledgeville to McDonough with
an arrival time of 11 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.
Hanekamp, a McDonough
resident, is running the 132K in a day, beginning at 11 pm., on
December 30, to raise money for Henry County Cancer Services.
She said the 132K represents the number of people in the state
of Georgia who are diagnosed with cancer every day.
Price said a giant screen
will be erected on the McDonough Square to track Hanekamp’s
progress and she will be escorted by a team of motorcycles and a
pink ambulance as she makes her way into Henry County.
“This is a great, free,
family event to ring in the New Year, and when it’s over, we
have 14 wonderful hotels within four miles of the Downtown
Square, where people can stay after the event,” said Price.
For more information on the Geranium Drop,
www.tourmcdonough.com/drop. For more information on Jen
Hanekamp’s journey, visit