We are still weeks away from Halloween, but plans are well underway for Boise's New Year's Eve. In fact, the city of Boise's special events committee will meet later this week and take up the plans for the second annual "Idaho Potato Drop."
It has been a year since Boise Weekly was first to report
that a giant potato would drop onto the Grove Plaza at the stroke of midnight 2013. Thousands of people streamed into the Grove to watch the odd spectacle last Dec. 31.
The Grove Plaza is a very different scene this year as construction crews have fenced-off a good amount of the block while they build the massive City Center Plaza, complete with a subterranean transit center.
That won't stop organizers of this year's potato drop. In fact, they're estimating that 50,000 attendees will come into the area near Eighth and Main streets. According to their application, organizers want to start setting up for the event two days prior to the drop, including three stages of music and attractions. KTVB-TV is slated to broadcast a one-hour special surrounding this year's potato drop.
Meanwhile, the city's special event's committee will also be considering an application for something called Gravity, to be held on the afternoon and evening of Saturday, Nov. 15. Organizers are billing Gravity as an "electronic music experience" featuring Mt Eden, TyDi, Must Die, Eprom and Aaron Jackson.
According to their application, organizers say "Gravity is a full-fledged electronic music experience. It is not a concert, it is not a festival. It is an artistic expression."
Gravity is also planning to install a 30-foot-by-26-foot stage, "3-D custom mapping lighting experience" and L'Acoustic sound system at the parking lot at 116 South 6th street. Organizers say "all-around" ticket prices would be $20 for ages 16 and older.