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.