Who needs Times Square? A giant Idaho potato will be dropped here for New Year’s Eve

December 21, 2013 

The Idaho New Year’s Commission is planning a big party. The new group will lower a 16-foot-long potato model from the top of the U.S. Bank building in Downtown Boise to celebrate the coming of 2014 and the going of Idaho’s sesquicentennial (which corresponds with Boise’s 150th anniversary).

Tuber, and then some. The spud drop is the centerpiece of a party that will fill three city blocks surrounding the bank. There will be music performances, magic shows, street performers, local food and drinks.

Music kicks off at 8 p.m. Bands, including Carolina Morning, Matt Hopper and the Roman Candles, and Audio Moonshine, will take the stage until 11:59 p.m. Then the potato will descend to its resting place at the stroke of midnight. Confetti will fly.

Where’s the party? It will stretch from 9th Street to Capitol Boulevard, bordered by Main and Front streets. Capitol will be closed to traffic.

At IdahoStatesman.com Find more about the New Year’s Commission’s plans.

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