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Potato Drop Is Idaho’s Biggest New Year’s Party

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It would appear from this map that the potato will drop on the head of the statue of former Idaho Governor Frank Steunenberg that stands in front of the Capitol.

For those of you who don’t have plans yet for New Year’s Eve, or for those of you who want advice on avoiding crowds that night, here’s an update on what has become Idaho’s biggest New Year’s Party.

It’s probably safe now to call the Idaho Potato Drop an annual event. This is the third year a car-sized foam potato will be lowered from a crane in downtown Boise as a crowd counts down the end of the year. This time the event is moving a few blocks to the small park in front of the state Capitol building. 

The party starts at 6:00 p.m. with live music until midnight. Then there’s the obligatory spud decent and a fireworks display. The event itself is free but there’s plenty to spend money on including carnival rides and a private, 21-and-older party that costs $100 to get into.  

According to Potato Drop organizers, more than 40,000 people attended in the event’s first year. They expect a larger crowd this year. 

Find Adam Cotterell on Twitter @cotterelladam

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