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‘Chile Drop’ returns to downtown Las Cruces for New Year’s Eve – with a twist

LAS CRUCES, New Mexico – What are you doing New Year’s Eve?

In Las Cruces, lovers of New Mexico’s most iconic harvest can once again ring in the New Mexico-style New Year in the heart of the downtown plaza.

At midnight, the city can watch the chilli pepper turn either red or green at midnight. However, this year everyone can participate in the color selection by scanning a QR code and voting until 11 p.m. (scroll down for the QR code).

In 2020, KVIA teamed up with the Downtown Las Cruces Partnership to broadcast and stream the Chile Drop at midnight. The event celebrated health care heroes and first responders with special messages from the governor, NMSU coaches and community leaders.

ABC-7’s Kate Bieri returns for the fifth time as the event’s Grand Marshal.

I’m so looking forward to the #ChileDrop returning to downtown Las Cruces tomorrow! Will the pepper be red, green, or both ?! Hope you can join us at midnight 🌶️ pic.twitter.com/dydhAacbAg

– Kate Bieri KVIA ABC-7 (@KateBieri) December 31, 2021

This year the organizers invite you to take part! Scan this code if you want to help choose the color of the pepper at midnight! pic.twitter.com/kVigNSi7jw

– Kate Bieri KVIA ABC-7 (@KateBieri) December 31, 2021

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