“Looking to have some extraordinary New Year’s Eve plans? How about heading to Idaho’s capital and watching a giant potato drop from the sky? You can forget about Times Square… The Idaho Potato Drop events start at 6 p.m. but are sure to carry on through to the following day, ending with a spectacular glow-tato falling from the sky at the stroke of midnight.”
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Thank you MSN for selecting the Idaho® Potato Drop to represent Idaho on this list for both your US and New Zealand reaching 40 million people.
“Idaho: there’s a unique New Year’s tradition
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The iconic Times Square New Year’s ball drop is one of the most famous traditions when it comes to ringing in the New Year. However, Boise residents have found a more unique (and more state-appropriate) way to welcome 1 January. Since 2013, thousands of spec-taters have gathered at the Idaho State Capitol every year to watch the Idaho Potato Drop – a giant, illuminated GlowTato is lowered from above as the clock strikes midnight. We’d expect nothing less from Idaho.” MSN Digital News click here
For folks living outside the region, Idaho is probably most famous for the stem tubers we love to turn into French fries. Yes, potatoes are the number one thing Idaho is known for. But there’s so much more culturally significant to the state than just these veggies.
Look who made number #2 on the list! We love you too Idaho!!!!!!
Here are the fun facts brought to you by Curly Tails (link to their article)
1.) French fries were invented in Belgium, not France.
2.) The term “French fries” originated from American soldiers during World War 1
3.) The average American consumes 30 pounds of French fries per year.
4.) McDonald’s is one of the largest purchasers of potatoes in the world for their French fries.
5.) In Belgium, French fries are traditionally served with mayonnaise.
6.) The world’s longest French fry measures over 34 inches.
7.) In some countries, such as Canada, poutine is a popular dish made with French fries topped with cheese curds and gravy.
8.) The world’s largest French fry festival is held annually in Idaho known as the “Idaho® Potato Drop”.
6 years ago today, Stafford Smith raced the Idaho® Potato Drop car at Sonoma Raceway for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series. Instead of the normal oval shape, this track includes a twisting 12-turn track that is 2.52 miles in length and started in 1968. Sonoma Raceway has been the host to some of the best races in the world. “It is arguably the world’s busiest racing facility, with track activity scheduled an average of 340 days a year. It is one of North America’s most complete and versatile motorsports complexes and home to one of the nation’s only high-performance automotive industrial parks with approximately 75 tenants.”
Young engineers are ready to upgrade from their starter home to a place closer to downtown and the Greenbelt walking path in Boise, Idaho. She’s dreaming of a big space for chickens and composting, but he’s set on keeping their costs as low as possible.
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10. The potato drop
Forget that fancy glass ball that drops at midnight every NYE in NYC—Boise drops a GlowTato at midnight! The Idaho Potato Drop is Boise’s annual New Year’s Eve party, with onlookers counting down until the potato drops at midnight.
The GlowTato is a replica of a giant Idaho potato, with some extra glam added. The potato also drops amidst a firework show and other festivities and is definitely a unique way to ring in the new year.