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Here's to 2017: Emmett 'Cherry Rise' is ready for round two

The first cherry that brought in 2016. (KBOI Photo)

The Potato Drop isn't the only New Year's Eve celebration in the Treasure Valley.

The city of Emmett will use a giant cherry to ring in 2017.

On Main Street in downtown Emmett a giant cherry will be hoisted 30 feet into the air and the community will ascend into the new year for second year in a row.

The high school class in charge of the cherry this year boast it's going to be even bigger and better than the first time around.

In 2015, Emmett had the idea to lift a cherry and their community into the new year.

Now that idea is an annual tradition.

"Last year's was a solid six (on a scale of one to 10)," said Adam Miller, the project manager for the cherry. "This year we're hoping for at least a solid nine, but I hope it will be a 10."

Miller is a senior in high school as was the project manager last year.

That's part of the tradition. Each year a group of seniors at Emmett High School inherit the cherry and work to make it better.

It's a task Miller and his classmates really took to heart.

"We wanted to make more things happen with the cherry," Miller said. "I'm not going to say exactly what's going to happen - it's kind of a surprise - but it's going to be spectacular."

The students have completed several test runs, they know it works, and now they're ready to show it to the world.

"It's kind of putting Emmett on the map a little bit," Miller said. "It's kind of putting my little hometown and making it known. No one will go 'oh Emmett, Idaho, where's that?' It will kind of be a little bit more known."

The mayor of Emmett expects 500 people to show up to the festivities this year; which, he says, is amazing considering none of it would be possible without the hard work and dedication of 15 high school students.

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