You may have thought you were mistaken when you saw a 12,130 pound potato at Wal-Mart in Russellville on Tuesday, April 19. You may have even taken a second look to make sure you were actually seeing a humongous potato balanced on the back of a flat bed transfer truck. Don’t worry, it wasn’t a dream, it was the Big Idaho Potato Truck touring the United States for charity.
The big question for some, “was it real?” The answer of course was “no, it wasn’t.” The potato is fabricated.
The Big Idaho Potato Truck is on its fifth cross-country journey. It began in 2012 as a one-year campaign to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Idaho Potato Commission and became quickly apparent with it’s success that it would be more than a one-year occurrence, it literally became a big piece of pop-culture.
The large potato travels the country promoting the certified heart-healthy Idaho Potato and its mission to help small charities in towns and cities with its A Big Helping program. Not to mention that people just want to have their picture taken with a 6-Ton Idaho potato.
The potato truck stopped in Russellville thanks to Dorris Vick, director of the Logan County Concerned Citizens, a non-profit organization responsible for helping young people in the community, as well as helping to feed those who are in need.
West said she saw the Big Idaho Potato Truck Tour on CNN and thought why not come to Russellville. While others thought she was crazy for thinking the potato would come here, West did not and pursued the Idaho tour with diligence.
“I thought why not us?” said Vick.
Eventually West got a call and before she could say mashed potato, Russellville was on the tour date.
Concerned Citizens was able to get $500 from the Big Idaho Potato Truck Tour thanks to the community’s support of signing a board which generated a $1 per signature.
“We are grateful to the community for helping us get the money. The funds will be used to help others,” Vick said.
Giant Potato Facts
It would take more than 10,000 years to grow.
It weighs six tons (12,130 pounds), which is equal to 32,346 medium-sized Idaho® potatoes.
The Potato is 1,102 times heavier than the largest potato ever grown, which weighed 11 pounds.
It would take 2 years and 9 months to bake.
It would make 30,325 servings of mashed potatoes. Pass the gravy!
It would easily make over 1,500,000 average-sized french fries.
The truck is 12 feet wide x 13 feet tall x 72 feet long.
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