Idaho Potato Commission Rings in 2015 as Presenting Sponsor of 2nd Annual Idaho New Year's Eve Potato® Drop

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17-Foot Long New Year’s Eve Spud, Big Idaho® Potato Truck and Spuddy Buddy Entertain Thousands at “Spudtacular” Event

EAGLE ID, January 5, 2015 – It was noisy in Boise for the Second Annual New Year’s Eve Idaho® Potato Drop. Seconds before the stroke of midnight, a 17-foot long spud was lowered by crane in the downtown area to ring in 2015. Tens of thousands attended this family-friendly event including the Idaho Potato Commission’s (IPC) Big Idaho® Potato Truck and lovable mascot, Spuddy Buddy.

IPC Mascot Spuddy Buddy prepares to ring in 2015IPC Mascot Spuddy Buddy prepares to ring in 2015

The IPC has sponsored the Potato Drop both years. “Idaho is already known for its famous spuds, but its events like this that remind us just how big Idaho® potatoes are to the state and how revered they are by all,” explained Frank Muir, President and CEO, IPC. “The potato industry generates close to $4 billion dollars in revenue annually for the state and provides more than 35,000 jobs. Now that’s worth celebrating!”

The New Years Eve Potato Drop
The Idaho New Year’s Eve Commission was established to create an annual New Year’s Eve event in Boise that would bolster the local economy and demonstrate pride for one of Idaho’s most important agricultural products, the Idaho® potato. The goal is to make the Idaho® Potato Drop a nationally recognized event and put Boise on the map as a world destination for New Year’s Eve.

About the Idaho Potato Commission
Established in 1937, the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) is a state agency that is responsible for promoting and protecting the famous “Grown in Idaho®” seal, a federally registered certification mark that assures consumers they are purchasing genuine, top-quality Idaho® potatoes. Idaho's growing season of warm days and cool nights, ample mountain-fed irrigation and rich volcanic soil, give Idaho Potatoes their unique texture, taste and dependable performance, that differentiates Idaho® potatoes from potatoes grown in other states.

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