A Really Big Potato is Coming to the Great Race of Agoura Hills

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Big Idaho® Potato Truck, courtesy of the Idaho Potato Commission

It’s not something you’d expect to see at a racing event. The world’s largest potato on wheels, which embarked on its fifth cross-country tour, will be making a stop at the Dole Great Race of Agoura Hills this month. According to a press release from the Idaho Potato Commission, “Folks who visit the Truck and sign the Signature Board will help the mission of the Great Race of Agoura Hills, to raise funds for Oak Park and Agoura Hills schools athletics and physical education programs.”

The Potato truck will be parked at Chumash Park, participating in all of the race festivities, on Saturday, March 19th.

“Promoting physical activity and healthy eating is a big part of the Tour so naturally we are thrilled to be invited to attend the Dole Great Race of Agoura Hills, said Laura Martin, Big Idahoâ Potato Truck Tour Director in the press releases. “Our Tater Team that travels with the Truck will be having fun with the race participants by coordinating potato sack races, potato-hold competitions and “potato hole” or known by most as “corn hole.”

The Dole Great Race of Agoura Hills is an all-encompassing event offering six different races— Pacific Half Marathon (road race), Chesebro Half Marathon (mostly trail race), Old Agoura 10K, Deena Kastor 5K, Kids Mile, Camp Kinneret Family Fun Run and LA’s #1 Post-Race Party—attracting 15,000+ participants, volunteers and spectators. The event has established itself as a national event, attracting participants from 36 states and 365 cities. For more information, and to register, visit GreatRace.run.

The Potato Truck Facts:

  • The Big Idaho® Potato weighs more than 6 tons (the equivalent of 32,346 medium-sized Idaho® potatoes). After being seen by hundreds of millions of Americans, the most frequently asked question is, “Is it real?” We’ll never tell…but if it is, the Big Idaho®
  • Would make 30,325 servings of mashed potatoes… pass the gravy!
  • Could make more than 1.4 million (1,455,570) French fries!
  • Weighs 1,102 times more than the largest potato ever grown, which clocked in at 11 pounds.

To date, the Truck has visited 48 states (all but Hawaii and Alaska), traveled through 3000+ towns/cities and traveled about 100,000 miles since its 2012 launch celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the IPC. The Big Idaho® Potato Truck was built by Chris and Sharolyn Schofield of Weiser, Idaho with the help of a few specialized contractors. The truck took a full year to design and build. 


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