Thousands of spec-tater's prepare for Idaho's sixth annual Potato Drop!

Posted at 5:39 AM, Dec 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-31 21:17:11-05

BOISE, Idaho — Thousands of people are expected to ring in 2019 at Capitol Park tonight, for the sixth annual Idaho Potato Drop!

There is live music, a firework show, and of course--only in Idaho-- a giant potato will drop at midnight. The tradition has gained national attention. There is also a USASA sanctioned "Big-Air Rail Jam" made with snow that is made right at Eagle Island Park. Crews from Gateway Park in Eagle transported huge cubes of snow down to the Capitol building for the big event.

The event is totally free to the public, but there is also a new VIP room that will feature festive cocktails and 360 degree views of the event. VIP guests will experience acoustic performances from Jeff Crosby and Matt Hopper. They will also receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win prizes, such as vacation packages in Mexico, a Snake River Spas Hot Tub and Potato Drop merchandise. Unfortunately, tickets for the heated tent sold out late Sunday night.

The GlowTato rose at 6:00 PM with a special rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. There is a strong musical lineup this year, including the Boise Rock School and Red Light Challenge. The fireworks display will begin at midnight when the GlowTato drops.

All of these festivities will run today from 3 PM to 1 AM. You can find the full schedule here. It will be a cold night, so bundle up! And don't forget to hashtag your Potato Drop pictures with the hashtag #6pix for a chance to be featured on our Instagram.