Saturday, December 28, 2013

You Think Dropping a Potato On New Year's Eve is Odd? How About a Possum, Pine Cone or Pickle?

Posted By on Sat, Dec 28, 2013 at 3:00 PM

The Treasure Valley forecast for New Year's Eve calls for partly cloudy skies and cold temperatures—though a chance of rain for Monday could make things very slick on area roadways.

The big New Year's Eve excitement in downtown Boise will focus on the first-ever Idaho Potato Drop.

Boise Weekly was first to tell you in October about plans for the spud spectacular, when a 16-foot-long glowing potato will be mechanically lowered from atop the U.S. Bank Building at midnight. In the Grove Plaza, two stages of live music will keep revelers riled up. The event will also include kids activities, street performers, food trucks, a beer tent and even a few heated areas.

The newly formed Idaho New Year's Eve Commission is putting on the shindig.

The event runs from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Eighth Street from Idaho to Front streets and on Main Street between Ninth Street and Capitol Boulevard.

Lest anyone think that dropping a giant potato at midnight is bizarre, they should be reminded that a number of American cities also drop some unusual items at the stroke of midnight:

Atlanta, Ga. - a peach
Brasstown, N.C. - a live possum in a cage
Dillsburg, Pa. - a pickle
Flagstaff, Ariz. - a pine cone
Honolulu - a pineapple
Fredericksburg, Va. - two pears
Miami, Fla. - a giant orange
Ocean City, Md. - a beach ball

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