New Year's Eve Idaho Potato Drop 

Potarty!

Forget what you know about potatoes. The brown, shapeless, decidedly unsexy tubers have a marked self-concept problem, and have desperately tried to branch out beyond their purely culinary applications--just look at those desperate cries for help: Mr. Potato Head and the potato battery.

The potato is breaking out again, this time in grand fashion at the Idaho New Year's Eve Potato Drop, going down (literally) at the Grove Plaza Tuesday, Dec. 31, beginning at 6 p.m. The Idaho New Year's Commission has pimped out a 16-foot glowing potato that it will lower from the U.S. Bank Building downtown.

Bedecking a tater in Liberace-esque splendor isn't the night's only draw. The evening will also feature magic shows and street performers, as well as drinks, appetizers and hot food from local vendors. Meanwhile, music will be provided by the likes of Hollow Wood, Matt Hopper and the Roman Candles, New Transit, Audio Moonshine, Carolina Morning and DJ Myko.

At 11:59 p.m., the New Year's countdown begins as the aforementioned giant potato makes its descent, reaching its destination at midnight, Wednesday, Jan. 1, and releasing a storm of confetti and initiating a light show. Ring in the new year with the iconic symbol of Idaho, complete with a full lineup of live music and performances, and grub to keep out the cold.

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