The traveling tater ventured on to Dagsboro, DE after an amazing Memorial Day weekend in D.C. We were invited back to Parsons Farms Produce, a quaint family-owned produce stand on an even cuter little farm. Not only can you buy fresh fruits and veggies, but you can also take a hay ride or pet some fuzzy friends including goats, yaks, and a mini-horse. We parked our spud right out front next to their huge fiberglass bull named “Bob”. We had a debate on who was bigger- Bob the Bull or the #bigidahopotato? It’s still undecided, but made for a great photo-op. Visitors stopped by to get their #spudselfies and to sign our signature board supporting The Ball 4 All Foundation! The foundation aims to ensure that all children have the opportunity to play sports in Sussex County, DE. They provide free sports camps, cover sports tuitions, provide free uniforms, and more. We loved meeting their representative named Dana who volunteers for the foundation. We had a great day on the farm, and thank you again to Ball 4 All and the Parsons family!
After an amazing day at Parsons, we stayed in Dover, DE for the night and a day off. The Dover Police Department got a photo of us on our way in and even posted it on their Facebook page (they have over 40,000 likes!). One of the police officers brought his family to the truck to see it too. It’s so amazing to see the kind of reactions we get driving around a giant 4-ton Idaho® Potato. The tater team is going to post a video of all the reactions we get along the road, so stay tuned!
Collinsville, Illinois was our next pit-stop and we parked the spud under the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle! What could be a better match?! It is a 170 ft. tall water tower that looks like an old Brooks Catsup bottle. The catsup bottle is 70 ft. long, which is about the size of our whole truck! Upon arrival, we were swarmed with people pulling off the road to get this one-of-a-kind photo op. Click here to see the Facebook Live of the frenzy! We are also good friends now with the folks who petitioned and raised funds to save the catsup bottle back in the early 90’s from getting torn down, Judy and Mike! We enjoyed a lovely dinner catching up with them and left with full tummies and full hearts!
That next day we traveled only a short 45 minutes north to Godfrey, IL for the 12th Annual Bark in the Park in Glazebrook Park! It was hosted by 5 A’s Animal Shelter which is a no-kill shelter that houses 50-60 animals so they have time to find good homes. The tater team always jokes that we should have a dog on the road, because we miss our pups when we are traveling. We definitely got our puppy fix, because hundreds of dogs and their owners showed up for this party in the park! There were vendors, a live band named Flip the Frog, an auction, and dogs were up for adoption. We also had a signature board, where dog owners could sign to make a difference. The Idaho Potato Commission donated $1 to 5 A’s for every signature we received, and we donated $500 to this great cause! Not only did the event raise money and awareness for the shelter, but two dogs were adopted! It was a successful and heart-warming day! After the event, Carol and Linda from 5 A’s even drove us around and gave us a tour of the town. We met the kindest people in Godfrey, and can’t thank them enough for having us.
We are off to Salem, OH next and then Chicago, IL! Check out our tour schedule at bigidahopotato.com to see the rest of our schedule. Until next time potato peeps!
-Tater Twin Kaylee