An outfit called the Idaho New Years Commission has announced plans to lower a 16-foot-long glowing potato from the US Bank Building in downtown Boise to commemorate New Year’s Eve and Idaho’s sesquicentennial. The event will include live music in the Grove and along 8th Street, magic shows, street performers and local food vendors; a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Boise Rock School. Headliners will include Hollow Wood, Audio Moonshine, Matt Hopper and the Roman Candles, Carolina Morning and more; the event has an array of sponsors including KTVB and Mix 106.
The party will begin at 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, and 8th Street from Idaho to Main and Main Street from 9th to Capitol Boulevard will be closed to traffic; there’s more info here. Among the luminaries behind this event are founder Dylan Cline, David Bowar of ESI, Michael Nelson of Rocky Mountain Audio/Visual, musician Steve Fulton and more.