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‘Chile Drop’ voters pick green pepper to ring in new year

LAS CRUCES, New Mexico - More than one thousand voters from across the country picked 'green' as the color of the lights for this year's 19-foot long chrome chile.

In Las Cruces, lovers of New Mexico's iconic crop once again rang in the New Year, New Mexico style in the heart of the downtown plaza.

According to the Downtown Las Cruces Partnership, 60% of voters cast their pick for a green pepper. A total of 40% cast their votes for a red pepper.

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

ABC-7's Kate Bieri returned as grand marshal of the event for the fifth year.

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Kate Bieri is a former ABC-7 New Mexico Mobile Newsroom reporter and weekend evening newscast anchor.


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