JACKSON TWP. The Big Idaho Potato Truck was spotted a couple of times in Canton and Jackson Township during Hall of Fame weeekend.
First, it was in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Canton Repository Grand Parade on Aug. 4.
Then it was parked in front of the Fresh Thyme Farmer’s Market on Dressler Road on Aug. 5. The potato is made of fiberglass and has some impressive measurements.
Idaho Potato Commission Brand Ambassador Kaylee Wells, said the potato is 28-feet long, 11.5-feet high and 10-feet wide. Those dimensions don’t include the truck and trailer that was hauling it.
"We had a bigger potato that was 12 feet wide, but we couldn’t haul it at night because it was so wide." She said. "Someone purchased the old potato and is making a tiny house out of it on Airbnb."
There were three ambassadors accompanying the big potato including Wells, Jessica Coulthard and driver ambassador Ron Coles. They are part of the "tater team." According to the ambassadors, the potato travels across the country six months out of the year.
"We started out in Seattle on Monday to get here for the parade and for today’s visit," said Coles, who is retired after driving truck for 42 years. "We’ll be stopping by a Fresh Thyme in Westerville and then make our way to Kansas."
People in the area were stopping by the potato truck for pictures and many were touching the potato. Coulthard said that is what everybody does when people visit the potato.
"It looks so real that people just have to touch it to make sure it isn’t the real thing," Coulthard said. "One of the reasons we can to the area was to show our support for Jerry Kramer’s induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He played for the Green Bay Packers but he is from Idaho."
Fresh Thyme Assistant Manager Dave Blevins said that the store’s corporate office invited the truck to stop by the Jackson store. He said the store does carry the Idaho brand potatoes.
"There have been a lot of people stopping by to see the truck this afternoon, all I can say is it’s a big potato," Blevins said.
One of the families that stopped by for a photo and to touch the potato was the Gorsuch family from Carrollton.
"We’re in the area doing school shopping and we saw the potato truck and had to come over to see it," said mom, Arry Gorsuch.
The Idaho Potato Commission Sponsors the Big Idaho Potato Truck. According to www.bigidahopotato.com, the Idaho Potato Commission was established in 1937 and is a state agency that is responsible for promoting and protecting the "Grown in Idaho" seal, a federally registered trademark.