What is Idaho known for? 15 Things Idahoans Love About Themselves

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!!!!!!

10th Annual Idaho® Potato Drop

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8 Facts About French Fries That Will Amaze You!

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.”

HGTV Pricey in Potato-land

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.

Click here to watch our feature in HGTV episode.

Happy Easter

Growing new trend that we think is SPUDtastic!!!!

“Easter potatoes trend grows amid soaring egg prices”

So you might be thinking, will painting potatoes ever catch on?

Well. . .did you know that prior to the 19th century we carved turnips for Halloween?

Thank you WBTV (CBS affiliate in Charlotte, North Carolina ) for sharing this trend with us.

To read more about how pumpkins replaced turnips, here is a fun article that was published by The Guardian.


National Tater Day

We have a hot tip for you to help celebrate

What is national tater day?
“National Tater Day is observed annually on March 31. This day is set aside to celebrate the potato that is loved by almost everyone and provides us with essential vitamins, minerals and fiber”.

HAPPY FRYDAY!!! Get out there and get you some Idaho® Potatoes!!!!

19 Things Boise is Known and Famous For

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.

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2024 Vendors

Come ONE come ALL!

We are looking for creatives for 2024 festivities!!!

  • Food Vendors
  • Retail Vendors
  • Non-Profit (free)
  • Live Entertainers
  • VIP Caters
  • Athletes

Join us for a “spud”tastic good time.

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CNN Article


“We are going to be broadcasting live until 2 a.m. ET and we’ll will be live in Boise, Idaho for the Mountain Time Zone New Year – this is a first for us.” Debra Doft

Idaho® Potato Commission

This partner has been with us since the beginning. Thank you for ten years of support Idaho® Potato Commission. Thank you for protecting the Idaho® Potato brand and making Idaho what is it today!
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