I’m a fan of anything odd on wheels. Who doesn’t feel the need to wave and whistle at the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile?! (stop singing that song at your desk!). I love those duck tours in Seattle with crazy excited tourists waving and preparing to drive into the water. So when I heard a giant potato was coming to Kennewick, my calendar was checked and I got a sudden craving for some potato salad.
The Great Big Idaho Potato Truck will be visiting Kennewick Wednesday, September 5, from 1-3pm at Yoke’s Fresh Market. “Why would a giant potato be coming to Kennewick?” you may ask yourself. (And I will answer: why the HECK not!?) The answer is this giant spud is on its way across the country for the 75th anniversary of the Idaho Potato Commission and to help raise funds and awareness for Meals on Wheels. How did I miss the job posting to drive this tuber around the country for 7 months? Dang it.
Be sure to bring your camera to snap some photos in front of this 28-foot long, 12-foot wide and 11.5 foot tall Idaho potato! Hello, Christmas card photo opportunity!
And no, the tater is not real! According to KNDU, the commission says that is their most asked question. “Employees say they’ll never tell, but just to put it into perspective, if it was (real), the potato would take more than 10,000 years to grow, it would be 1,102 times heavier than the largest potato ever grown, which weighed 11 pounds, it would take 2 years and 9 months to bake, and it could make 30,325 servings of mashed potatoes and more than 1.4 million average sized fries!”