The photohunt theme this week is different. New York City has its famous ball which is lowered in Times Square on New Year's Eve. For 16 years my hometown, Raleigh, NC, U.S., has had a different custom. We have a 1,250 pound copper acorn which is lowered by a crane on New Year's Eve. Go ahead and laugh, it is somewhat comical. After you stop laughing, I'll explain the reason for this nutty and different tradition.
Raleigh has had the nickname City of Oaks since the 18th century because of its commitment to preserving parks, forests, and trees. There are over 300 public parks, mini parks and green space areas which are maintained by Raleigh and the city has been nationally recognized for its commitment to environmental preservation within the city (paraphrased from the NCSU site). So although it's a little different to have a 1,250 pound acorn created in honor of the bicentennial celebration of this town in 1992 , the tradition of preserving trees is a good one.
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