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Idaho Potato Drop hopes to dazzle with new ‘glowtato’

Idaho Potato Drop wants to dazzle with new 'glowtato'

The annual New Year's Eve event in Downtown Boise will feature a new giant glowing tater for the countdown to 2017, says Idaho Potato Drop creator and organizer Dylan Cline.
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The annual New Year's Eve event in Downtown Boise will feature a new giant glowing tater for the countdown to 2017, says Idaho Potato Drop creator and organizer Dylan Cline.

Organizers of the Idaho Potato Drop are adding sparkle to Boise’s New Year’s Eve festivities.

The glow will be coming from inside the potato.

“It’s going to be basically like a potato-shaped disco ball,” said Dylan Cline, who created Boise’s version of the iconic ball drop in New York’s Times Square four years ago.

Here’s what the 2016 Idaho Potato Drop looked like:

New Year's Eve revelers usher in 2016 with the Idaho Potato Drop in front of the Idaho Capitol Building Dec. 31, 2015 in Boise.

Organizers have ruled out the possibility of stuffing the giant fake potato with real mashed potatoes, french fries and/or tator tots — and letting it go splat.

“It’s a little tricky when you’re working on the Capitol mall grounds, and when you’re working with that many people and booths on the ground,” Cline said. “You don’t really want a 17-foot, 800-pound effigy slamming down to the ground when there’s 30,000 or 40,000 people there.”

Cline said half of the roughly $120,000 for the new “glowtato” has been raised by large sponsors and donors. He hopes the rest of the community will support the effort through cash contributions and merchandise purchases.

The giant potato that’s been used for the past four years will be used to create a mold for the new one. It’s currently on display outside the North Expo building at the Western Idaho Fair, and many people are stopping off to get photos in front of it.

The original potato weighs about 800 pounds and is made of high-density foam. The glowtato will have a resin and fiberglass shell, and LED lights inside. It’s expected to weigh about half as much, Cline said.

If you stop off at the booth there, you can also watch a video on the fabrication of the glowtato and buy T-shirts, hoodies and Spuddy Buddy stuffed beanies.

Tshirts

Can’t make it to the fair? Check out the Idaho Potato Drop’s crowdfunding website (glowtato.com). So far, six people have donated a total of $189. Learn more about the Idaho Potato Drop at idahopotatodrop.com.

Workers and vendors prepare for the third annual Idaho Potato Drop Thursday. The free party is open to the public and was moved to the Idaho Statehouse lawn this year. There will be fireworks, food vendors and activities. Parts of Bannock Street,

Katy Moeller: 208-377-6413, @KatyMoeller

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