Photo by Emily Guthrie

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Traditionally a Dec. 31 experience, First Night Evanston made an appearance at the Custer Street Fair, to the delight of many. In addition to making the resurgence of the popular New Year’s Eve festival of music and entertainment known, the group interacted with many who “wondered where the organization had been for the last five years.”  From asking questions about the future of First Night Evanston and buying the popular “Evanston-opoly” game, visitors to the booth had a chance to guess how many jelly beans were in a giant jar to win prizes from Lulu’s and Taco Diablo restaurants.

The winning number of jelly beans was guessed by Lia Potter, a 7-year-old Evanstonian. Lia’s guess was 1,618, just a few beans short of the actual number of 1,639.

Emily Guthrie, president of First Night said, guesses ranged from 104 to 33,386.

Ms. Guthrie invited Evanstonians to volunteer for the upcoming year’s First Night, expected to be a part of the 2012 New Year’s Eve festivities. 
More information can be found at http://firstnightevanston.org/ and on Facebook.