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Organizers test M&M’S lentil drop ahead of New Year’s Eve

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) — The organizers of Hackettstown’s first community New Year’s Eve Celebration tested out the M&M’S® lentil drop ahead of Sunday night’s celebrations.

The nearly 59-pound, 40″ diameter round fiberglass M&M was raised Friday to the top of a fire department’s ladder truck and then lowered onto a platform.

(Photo Credit | Hackettstown Police Department)

The dry run is designed to make sure everything goes according to plan for the first M&M’s lentil drop, Hackettstown Police Lieutenant Darren Tynan said.

“The test run for the M&M’S® lentil drop was a success today,” Tynan said.

The M&M, with more than 1,000 LED lights, will light up at 9:00 p.m. Sunday and begin to drop at 11:59 p.m. during the final seconds of 2023.

This year’s festivities will take place in the heart of Hackettstown at the intersection of Main Street and Grand Avenue from 9:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m..

What to Expect:

  • Groove to the beats of DJ SC3 Entertainment
  • Free giveaways (while supplies last) from Hackettstown Medical Center, Centenary University, WRNJ Radio, and Mars Wrigley
  • TSA Cheerleaders from 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • M&M’S character
  • M&M’S lentil drop at midnight
  • Man Skirt Brewing-Open 7 to Midnight. Live music by Jeiris Cool Music 7-10 pmCzig Meister Brewing-Party from 8pm -12am Live Music by Jungle Jazz Initiative. Cover $10/Adv,  $15/door
  • Grand Avenue Tavern-NYE Surf and Turf Prime Rib w/MD Style Crab Cake and/or Snow Crab Legs Special, Open bar 10-12 $40, Regular Cover 9pm $20 Music by DJ Nappz
  • Marley’s Gotham Grill
  • Oasis Online Arcade Play until Midnight for only $4 per hour.
  • James on Main Special Seatings
  • Mama’s Cafe Baci-Reservations accepted, full menu with live acoustic music in the Cafe Baci room. Open Late.
  • Toscana Restaurant Special Seating’s

For more information, click here.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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