“Matt the Gnat” will be dropped on Dec. 31. The Gnat Drop will start at 7 p.m. on the corner of Tift Avenue and Second Street.

“Matt the Gnat” will be dropped on Dec. 31. The Gnat Drop will start at 7 p.m. on the corner of Tift Avenue and Second Street.

TIFTON — County Commissioner Melissa Hughes is working hard to make sure the second annual Gnat Drop is a success.

Last year, “Matt the Gnat” made his debut Dec. 31 as the community counted down to the new year. At the stroke of midnight, the gnat was dropped.

But it’s hard to keep a good gnat down.

Hughes wants people in South Georgia to know that it isn’t necessary to drive to Atlanta this year for a New Year’s celebration, and that everyone can join Matt the Gnat this year to count down to 2020.

“Last year I think we had a great turnout,” said Hughes. “I want this Gnat Drop to be even bigger and better than it was last year.”

The event will take place on the corner of Tift Avenue and Second Street, in front of the courthouse. This location is important, she said, so that residents of Tift Tower apartments can watch Matt the Gnat descend for the countdown to 2020.

The music talent hitting the stage this year will include Harold E. Thomas and the Danger Zone. Hughes has put together a line-up of local talent that she feels the crowd will love.

The event will start at 7 p.m. and will end directly after the midnight countdown. Tift County Board of Commissioners Chairman Grady Thompson is providing his boom truck to hoist and lower Matt the Gnat as he did last year.

According to Hughes, Matt the Gnat has gained a notoriety around South Georgia and people are starting to want t-shirts. Matt the Gnat t-shirts will be available at the event.

Hughes is looking for more event sponsors. So far, the leading contributor has been Tifton Tourism, said Hughes.

There is still time to register as food vendors as well. Potential food vendors can contact Hughes directly to fill out the registration application.

“We want all vendors to come,” said Hughes. “We still have plenty of openings for those interested.”

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