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Johnny Vardeman: Rowdy rituals on New Years Eve lured crowds to greet 1960s
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During the 1950s, perhaps earlier, it had been a ritual among the younger crowd, and even some older Northeast Georgians, to celebrate a new year with a bit of rowdiness. This was especially true in county seat towns, where the courthouse was the center of the public square. Drivers would bring their cars, some of them souped-up models, to the town square to show off as a way to welcome in the new year.