The potato truck will be in the Hen House parking lot at 6900 West 135th Street in Overland Park, alongside Bluestem chefs Megan and Colby Garrelts, from 9 to 11 a.m. today.
The tater truck is meant to honor the Idaho Potato Commission's 75th anniversary and is also raising awareness for the Meals on Wheels Association of America. The "potato" is 12 feet wide and 11.5 feet tall. According to the IPC, it's the equivalent of 32,346 medium-sized potatoes (12,130 pounds) and could make more than 1.4 million average-sized fries. The IPC is apparently very precise.
The Garrelts will be dishing up samples of their Smoked Idaho Potato Soup with Pulled Pork, which will also apparently be on the menu at their Westport restaurant this evening. The truck left Boise in March on its seven-month cross-country journey - the Famous Idaho Potato Tour - and stopped at Price Chopper and Hen House in Kansas City yesterday.
You can take photos with the giant potato - don't worry, it's chained down just like King Kong - or make a donation to Meals on Wheels. But it's BYOEPOB: Bring your own enormous pat of butter.