Sixth-Annual Idaho Potato Drop 

Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, Cecil D. Andrus Capitol Park

Instead of pushing back against the "potato state" nickname (we're also a top producer of barley, sugar beets and mint) Idaho's potato pride has swelled over the years to the point of national spectacle—and that flag flies high each New Years Eve, when a crowd 35,000-strong gathers to watch a massive spud make its midnight descent in front of the statehouse. "Spec-taters" at the 2018 event, which begins in Cecil D. Andrus Park at 3 p.m., can check out a snow park and tubing hill, ice sculpting displays, a Potato Belt Championship wrestling competition, live music, vendor booths, food trucks and an all-ages beer garden in addition to the glittering "GlowTato," which will be hoisted at 6 p.m. and descend at midnight against a backdrop of fireworks. It's a truly Idaho spud-tactular.

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