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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

  • WFRV-TV Channel 5

  • Festival Foods 

  • TLC Sign

  • Nicolet National Bank

Red and Blue Fireworks

Friends of FirstEve

  • James & Monica Taylor - Co-Founders

  • Gary Sternhagan - Technical Support

  • Craig Bayer - Production Coordinator

  • 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. 

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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.

                                                             2022-23 will be our 30th 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

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