Celebrating the new year

in downtown Menasha

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Our annual FirstEve community event would not be possible without the generosity of business partners and friends of FirstEve. Thank you for your donations of money and volunteering your time to allow us to host this celebration in our community.

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Business Sponsors

  • Festival Foods 

  • TLC Sign

Red and Blue Fireworks

Friends of FirstEve

  • James & Monica Taylor - Co-Founders

  • Gary Sternhagan - Technical Support

  • Elmer & Mabel Becher - (posthumous)

  • Ed Hopfensperger - (posthumous)

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This event is from 11:00pm to 12:15am. Ball drop is at midnight followed by Festival Fireworks. 

Below is a slidedeck of pictures from previous years. 


2021 - Fireworks Display

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2021 - Picture of the crowd

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Here's the sign welcoming in the year 2020.

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2021 - Fireworks Display

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It was on New Year's Eve 1992/93, as my wife Monica and I were watching Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve on television that the concept for FirstEve was conceived. It occurred to us that we have a city square, with a flagpole, we can do this in Menasha!

The Creation of the First Ball

With the help and expertise of many creative

friends, Elmer & Mabel Becher of Becher

Electric who were our "go to's" for our electrical

needs, two coworkers, Bob Endter, who is a

metal fabricator, and Gary Breening, who is a

welder, the first replica ball was created. It was                         

6-foot in diameter and consisted of 140 light.


Through the years, it has been a pleasure and

an honor to highlight featured guests and their

accomplishments as they countdown the

seconds that will herald in the New Year.


                                                             Sharing that moment in time which holds the

                                                             hopes and dreams of each person who is

                                                             gathered in Menasha's Curtis Reed Square as

                                                             the new year arrives is a great joy.

                                                             2021-22 will be our 29th year.

                                                             We look forward to this year's celebration!


                                                            James Taylor

                                                            FirstEve Co-Founder

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Thank your for contacting us!

Mr. James Taylor

340 Broad Street

Menasha, WI 54952
Tel: (920) 205-9216