Famous potato makes appearance at Sun Valley Film Festival

Published: Mar. 3, 2016 at 5:33 PM MST
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If there’s one way to get people in Idaho excited, it’s to roll through town with a giant potato chained to the back of a truck.

The Big Idaho Potato Truck is in Ketchum as part of the Sun Valley Film Festival.

It’s helping the festival celebrate the winner of its One Potato Short Screenplay Competition.

“Originally the famous Idaho potato tour was a celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Idaho Potato Commission. And we just were going to go around the country for one year, go to grocery stores, and bring attention to the health benefits of the potatoes. But we were such a hit that we got asked to do bigger and better events and we just kept going,” said Larry Bathe, truck driver and ambassador for the Big Idaho Potato Truck.

It’s fun to see the giant Idaho potato roll through Ketchum, but it’s just as fun to watch people interact.

"It's been travelling through Idaho and every time you think it's going to be somewhere, you don't know where it is at, so now we finally found it. I couldn't believe it. Driving down the road and my wife goes, wow, there's the potato truck. We've got to stop to take a picture," said Bruce Empey, a Salmon resident.

I’ve always wondered why Idaho is famous for potatoes and figured the Big Idaho Potato ambassador is probably the right person to ask.

“I’m not a farmer so I don’t know all the technical details, but we have the water for them, we have the climate for them, and we have great soil,” said Bathe.

You can follow the Big Idaho Potato Truck’s journey or even try to catch up with the moving tater by going to