WESTFIELD, NJ — Nearly 1,800 women pre-registered for Downtown Westfield’s Girls’ Day & Night Out Thursday, and many more came out to enjoy giveaways, promotions, special events and complimentary refreshments with about 90 participating businesses.

Registrants included ladies from 183 New Jersey towns and nine states, with the highest percentage (32 percent) from here in Westfield.

“It seems like it’s very popular,” Downtown Westfield Corporation Executive Director Sherry Cronin said of the event, which in the past has taken place only in the evening. “Everyone is very upbeat and excited. It seems like a very successful event so far.’

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There was plenty of entertainment on hand. The Farmhouse Store hosted a meet and greet with HGTV’s Vern Yip and Good Housekeeping’s Meaghan Murphy. Michael Doyle’s 8 ’till When? performed at Elm and Quimby Streets. And The Salad House teamed up with Ono Bowls to host a DJ party.

The first 1,500 ladies to register and check in received a complimentary box of Kilwins’ chocolate treats. Also at the registration location at 151 East Broad St. were Lord & Taylor associates with the latest fashions, fragrances, bra fittings and $20 bonus cards; Stop & Shop with free samples of Nature’s Promise items and a chance to help fight childhood cancer; Walgreens with giveaways and a chance to help support the Save the Children Foundation; the Evalyn Dunn Gallery; Morano Gelato (opening soon); Trader Joe’s with free treats; and the New Jersey Festival Orchestra.

Keller Williams Realty Westfield sponsored the free tote bags and helped at the registration tables.

Three participants who got cards stamped by three different businesses will be chosen to win $100 gift cards to Downtown Westfield businesses.