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Barrow to start unique New Year's tradition

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Historical types in Barrow County hope to launch a new tradition with a "Jug Drop" in Winder on New Year's Eve.

Special Photo Historical types in Barrow County hope to launch a new tradition with a "Jug Drop" in Winder on New Year's Eve.

WINDER -- Move over, Manhattan. Step aside, Five Points.

Barrow County's flipping the script on New Year's Eve tradition come the strike of midnight Dec. 31.

In the heart of Winder, a city originally known as "Jug Tavern," leaders with the Barrow County Historical Society will lower an ode to the past in the form of a jug from the hanging tower of the old jail.

But there's more to the inaugural "Jug Drop" festivities than gravity-inclined pottery.

Beginning at 8 p.m., the festival will host dancing (the "Jug Jig Street Dance") and other family friendly hoopla. Expect a visit by Barrow County's legendary Wog -- a strange, horse-size animal described by early settlers -- who'll probably be toting the event's special apple cider, dubbed "Wog Nog."

Like the festival at large, the Nog is alcohol-free.

Androgyny will take center stage with the "Miss Jug" contest, pitting the "prettiest" and most talented local men in contests, organizers say.

The Winder area was a significant producer of pottery circa 1900, and the festival is a throwback to that time, said Beth Barton, a Barrow County Historical Society trustee.

Organizers have no idea how many revelers to expect. They're not exactly being bashful with invitations.

"We're getting the word out to the entire region, if not the entire state," Barton said.

The society hopes to make a tradition of the festivities, Barton said.