Erin is extremely excited to be part of the Tater Team! Born and raised in Boise, Idaho, she has spent many years unknowingly preparing for the role of a lifetime —Idaho Potato Ambassador. This won’t be her first time driving cross country with her Spud Sister Alex, but it will be their first time with the Big Idaho Potato in tow! Erin is most looking forward to new experiences, places, and getting to know many Spud Nation members all around the country. She’ll see you all on the road!
Idaho always has her heart, but traveling feeds her soul. What also feeds her soul? Your local cuisines! She is ecstatic to experience the place you call home while traveling with Spud Racer Melissa, her (literal!) Spud Sister Erin, and The Big Idaho Potato. While she travels with Idaho’s famous four ton root, she can’t wait to share your roots!
Melissa, (Spud Racer) is a native Idahoan, who grew up in McCall, Idaho. Her first recollection of Idaho® potatoes was going to the garden with her dad and eating one right out of the ground with just a touch of salt. She has been driving commercially for 11 years but recently stepped away to be a Highly Capable Duluth Trading Company model. (So, I guess we can say that she’s come full-circle by being a highly capable, commercial driver for a huge Idaho potato tour!)
Melissa is also an accomplished contractor who loves carpentry and an old house that needs some love. Melissa is excited to travel all over the country with the Spud Sisters and can’t wait to see what fun they can have with a 4-Ton Idaho® potato!
In addition to spreading the good word about Idaho® Potatoes, Erin, Alex, and Melissa 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.
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