Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Yeah, that is a 28-foot-long fake potato rolling through Kansas City

Posted By on Tue, Apr 17, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Thats a lot of starch on the open road.
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  • That's a lot of starch on the open road.
You're not baked. You really did just see a massive fake potato rolling by on the highway. The Great Big Idaho Potato Truck — an oversized rendering of an Idaho spud on a flatbed truck — has been in Kansas City for the past 24 hours. Fat City regrets that we haven't alerted you to its presence earlier, but Pitch writer Ben Palosaari is now on the tater beat, and this post is our hope that you don't entirely miss what can only be described as spectubular.

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.

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