Jessica – Tater Team
Jessica is an Idaho native and University of Idaho graduate. She is a travel enthusiast and has lived in Costa Rica, Barcelona and NYC. When she’s not traveling, Jessica enjoys meeting new people, trying local cuisine, and photography. She believes every day should be an adventure and embraces change and new scenery. She is excited to go on her second tour with the Big Idaho®Potato Truck with her best friend Kaylee and promote her home state and favorite vegetable!
Kaylee – Tater Team
Kaylee is on her second tour and is ready to embark on her Truck journey with the Big Idaho Potato Tour. She is a Boise State University graduate and can’t wait to share her love of Idaho with America. Kaylee is very passionate about traveling and has lived abroad in Spain as well as traveled across Europe and in Central America. Her hobbies aside from globe-trotting include hiking, reading a good book, watching inspiring documentaries, and planning her next adventure. She is ready to share her fun-loving and quirky personality and can’t wait to meet everyone out on the road!
Ron – Tater Team/Driver
Ron is a veteran truck driver with 42 years and 4 million miles under his big cowboy belt buckle. At 67, he was recently retired in Melba, Idaho when a friend of a friend said the Idaho Potato Commission needed a driver. He agreed and soon found himself on the road and installed as the official chauffeur for our 11-foot-wide fiberglass root vegetable on a 48-foot flatbed trailer. Needless to say, happily, his retirement is on-hold. (There’s plenty of time for fishing later.)
In addition to spreading the good word about Idaho® Potatoes, Jessica, Kaylee, and Ron are on the road to create fun and memories all over the country!
The Big Idaho Potato Truck Tour has always had a charitable component to it. When the truck was still just an idea, albeit a big idea, the leadership at the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) wanted to make sure the Truck made an impact on the people who lived in the markets it visited. In the last four years, the Truck has had two fantastic national charity partners who helped promote the Truck on both national and local levels and among their membership. This year, the Truck’s mission, “A Big Helping” is much more meaningful and personal. During its 6-month tour, the Truck will identify charities in many of the markets it visits and offer “A Big Helping” based on the organization’s specific needs. The IPC will work with the selected charity to create an event to help raise awareness, funds, food or all three for the non-profit.
Be sure to follow the Truck on its social media channels to see how the Truck is serving up “A Big Helping” across the country.
A huge thanks to Chris and Sharolyn at Schofield Design for their masterful work in creating our super spud. Thank you to Kenworth Sales Company/PacLease for providing the “go” and Western Trailers the “tow” for our traveling show. With extra special lighting provided by ECCO. Foerstel imagined this was possible, then brought the design to life, and EvansHardy + Young helped us find our way.