Sometimes odd things catch my eye, and then I can’t get them out of my mind — no matter how hard I try.  That’s sort of been the case with the Giant Baked Potato at the Idaho Potato Museum (formerly known as the Idaho Potato Expo) in Blackfoot, Idaho.

While I like a spud as much as the next person, in Blackfoot it’s elevated to the status of royalty.  Not surprising for the Potato Capital of The World.  The expo claims to enlighten you with information about the agricultural, historical, social, scientific, educational, artistic and economic aspects of the world-famous Idaho potato. 

Here are just a few of the “spud-tacular” exhibits full of information and fun, if a little corny as well:

  • Equipment displays
  • The World’s Largest Styrofoam Potato – a popular photo site
  • A tribute to Mr. Potato Head — c’mon, who doesn’t like Mr. Potato Head
  • An imaginative “Potato In Space” display
  • The world’s largest potato chip – 25×14-inch Pringle

The Gift Shop also sells potato fudge, potato ice cream and potato cookies, along with a host of potato sourveniers.  Potato fudge?  I have my doubts!

The Idaho Potato Museum is located at 130 NW Main Street, in Blackfoot, Idaho (map it).  It is open October – March, 9:30am – 3 pm, April – September, 9:30 – 5 pm.  Admission is $3 for adults; $2.50 for seniors, $1 for children ages 6 – 12, and free for children under 6.  Admission includes a free potato sample (product varies).


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