Eastover to welcome 2019 with annual Flea Drop

Posted 12/28/18

As they have for the last eight years, residents of Eastover will gather at their community building on New Year’s Eve to watch a 30-pound ceramic flea descend and herald a new year.

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Eastover to welcome 2019 with annual Flea Drop

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As they have for the last eight years, residents of Eastover will gather at their community building on New Year’s Eve to watch a 30-pound ceramic flea descend and herald a new year.

The 3-foot tall insect, affectionately named Jasper, is made of fabric, foam, wire and wood. Eastover Mayor Charles McLaurin, created Jasper in 2010 for the first Flea Drop.

Why a flea? “The flea is a symbol of our heritage,” said Susan Baggett, event chair. “For a long period, part of Eastover was known as Flea Hill because of a flea infestation that was eradicated many years ago.” While the infestation was eliminated, the nickname stuck.

Festivities will start Monday at 10 p.m. at the Eastover Community Building on the corner of Middle Road and School Street. That’s when doors open for a dance with a DJ spinning tunes until just before midnight.

Outside, family-friendly special activities are planned for all ages. “Several events are sure to keep everyone having fun until midnight,” said Ms. Baggett. “Two new events are a Moon Pie eating contest and the party game Poop the Potato.”

Other games will include cornhole and Pass the Pig.

Just before Jasper starts his descent, local humorist Judy McLaurin will share the history of Eastover. To honor local law enforcement, the Eastover deputy starts the countdown. Once Jasper reaches the bottom, a replica 1861 cannon will be fired, officially signaling the start of 2019.

The Eastover Flea Drop is a free, family-friendly and alcohol-free event. A food truck will be on-site for anyone wishing to purchase refreshments.

Incorporated in 2007, Eastover is a town of 3,600 just east of Fayetteville in Cumberland County.

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