Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Big Idaho Potato: from a fanciful postcard to a real tractor trailer rig

Sometimes you’d like to have a colossal prop for telling a story. There was an old gag postcard captioned We Grow ‘em Big In Idaho which showed a single enormous potato chained to a flatbed trailer. That just was a fantasy. You couldn’t really drive around with a thirty foot tall potato - it wouldn’t fit under bridges crossing the highways.

For their 75th anniversary the Idaho Potato Commission had a Big Idaho Potato built to more than match the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile. Watch the video to see how square steel tubing covered by plywood got turned into an enormous storytelling spud.

The potato currently is on tour, and can be followed via its web site or on Facebook.

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