FOLLY BEACH -- The city of Folly Beach hopes to one-up Times Square's ball drop with a new tradition of its own -- the Giant Flip Flop Drop.
A pair of specially constructed, illuminated, 8-foot tall flip flops will be lowered into Center Street Saturday night as revelers count down the last seconds of 2011. Folly expects the street to be filled with celebrants from all over the Lowcountry and beyond welcoming in 2012.
“We hope it's going to become a new tradition,” said Charlotte Goodwin, one of a group of Folly residents who have been organizing for the flip flop drop. Goodwin, who is the wife of Mayor Tim Goodwin, said she thought up the idea of descending flip flops last New Year’s Eve while watching the Times Square event.
But why flip flops? “We all wear flip flops on Folly. It’s got to be pretty cold for us to put on shoes,” Charlotte Goodwin said.
Tim Goodwin said Center Street, between Ashley and Cooper avenues, will be closed to motor vehicles beginning about 9 p.m. He said some parking areas will be off limits for the night to accommodate the event.
The glittering flip flops and their red toe straps were test dropped recently in a rehearsal. A fire truck hoisted the flip flops about 75 feet into the air for the run-through.
The Goodwins said a cadre of Folly residents designed, constructed and tested the flip flops. The group includes Ken Hickman, Jim and Kathy Nicklaus, and Trace and Kim Pupke.