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It's a bird... it's a plane... it's, a potato!

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - The Great Big Idaho Potato Truck will visit Kennewick next week on its way across the country to raise funds and awareness for Meals on Wheels. The Potato Truck is also celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Idaho Potato Commission on a seven month, cross country journey.

The 48-foot long flatbed trailer features a 28-foot long, 12-foot wide and 11.5-foot tall Idaho potato, specially "cultivated" in honor of the Idaho Potato Commission's 75th anniversary in 2012. 

If you'd like to check out the larger than life spud, the truck will be at Yokes Fresh Market (1410 W. 27th Street in Kennewick) on Wednesday, September 5, from 1-3 PM. 

The commission says over the years the most frequently asked question, is "is it real?" Employees say they'll never tell, but just to put it into perspective, if it was, 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! 

 

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