The Tater Team

Kyle - Tater Team #SPUDICUS


Kyle (AKA Spudicus) is on his second spudtacular tour with the Big Idaho® Potato! Kyle graduated from Boise State University in 2019!  Kyle enjoys skiing at the local  ski mountains and hanging out on pontoon boats in McCall, Idaho! Fun fact, Kyle can play 5 instruments! He loves talking music so be sure to share your favorite tunes!

Erin - Tater Team

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Erin (AKA Travel Tot ) Originally joined the Tater Team for the 2020 Big Idaho® Potato Tour…and we all know what happened that year! She is thoroughly excited to rejoin for the 2023 Tour and is heading out from her home town of Boise, ID to finally come out to meet you all!

Melissa - Tater Team/Driver #spudracer


Melissa, (Spud Racer) is a native Idahoan, who grew up in McCall, Idaho. She has been driving the Big Idaho® Potato Truck for 4 years and has been spreading her infectious smile all over the country!  

Melissa is excited to travel all over the country with Spudicus, and Travel Tot, she can’t wait to see what fun they can have with a 4-Ton Idaho® potato.

Ron - Back-up Driver #TaterToter

In 2018, Ron (Tater Toter) retired from a 30+ year career of being an award-winning CDL driver. Then we hired him the next day! (So much for retirement) He enjoys filling-in when Melissa has some time away from the Big Idaho Potato Truck. You can see his smile and cowboy hat a mile away! He enjoys spreading the “magic of the Idaho® potato” when he can and now he has a sidekick, Mrs. TaterToter, who joins him on the truck from time-to-time.

Fun fact: They met on the Tour and got married in 2020!

Their Mission

In addition to spreading the good word about Idaho® Potatoes, The Tater Team 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.  The Truck’s mission, “A Big Helping” is a meaningful and personal way for us to help. 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.

Keeping Up With The Tater Team Part I
Keeping Up With The Tater Team Part II

Valued Partners

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 ECCOFoerstel imagined this was possible, then brought the design to life, and EvansHardy + Young helped us find our way.

Idaho® potatoes, from the best earth on Earth, are now certified by the American Heart Association. This means America’s favorite potato meets the American Heart Association’s criteria for foods low in saturated fat and cholesterol and can carry the well-recognized heart-check mark. Learn more »

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Founded in 1997, the Idaho Potato Commission took over as the bowl game’s official sponsor in 2011. Played outdoors in late December on Boise State’s renowned blue turf, this ESPN-televised bowl has earned its reputation as a tough venue for top college teams. Learn more »

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