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Boise gears up for iconic New Year's Eve Potato Drop celebration

Posted at 8:49 PM, Dec 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-30 18:49:19-05

BOISE, Idaho — A huge celebration is taking place in downtown Boise for New Year's Eve!

There will be 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.

The owner of Gateway Parks, Ryan Neptune, designs the rail jam. He says he's pulling out all the stops.

"It's just a venue for spectators to basically see the ski and snowboard event so it will have some rails and it will have a jump and it will have a pull in crank start with a winch, a high speed cable winch that will pull kids in to hit some kind of jump," Neptune said. "So cool, I think it will be cool... We worked all night moving snow from here to the capital, stacking and preparing it."

He says it's all about creativity.

"To be honest, it's somewhat of a vision until I start making it into reality. Never really have a set plan of attack. It's just kind of like well just get as much material as we can and create what we can on the spot," Neptune said.