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World’s Largest Potato, Orlando FL (for now)

It’s Tater Tuesday on the blog today! We’re celebrating our meet-up yesterday with the world’s largest potato in Orlando. As I mentioned last week, the six-ton potato is touring the U.S. on The Famous Idaho® Potato Truck to celebrate the Idaho Potato Commission’s 75th anniversary.

Idaho potato

Braving the wind to see the potato.

We missed it when it was in the Northeast, so we considered it fate when we realized it would be in Orlando during our visit this week.

Our plans were nearly squashed by Tropical Storm Debby, which at this moment (and for the foreseeable future) is sitting in the Gulf of Mexico, lashing the west coast of Florida with torrential wind and rain.

Potato Commission

Holding on to his new potato hat in the tropical storm wind.

Fortunately, the squalls let up for a window of opportunity in the middle of the day for a russet rendezvous!

It’s headed to GA, AL, and KY over the next few weeks, so check its website for dates and locations!


See BIG potato, get goodies. Thanks for the goodies, Katie!


  1. Marilyn Gilbert said,
    June 26, 2012 @ 8:50 am

    Is that real?
    Whatta spud!!

    • Traci Suppa said,
      June 27, 2012 @ 9:40 pm

      Hi Marilyn! No, it’s not real, but it’s very convincing! This one weighs 12,000 lbs., but the largest real potato ever grown was 11 lbs.

  2. Lily said,
    June 28, 2012 @ 7:33 am

    Wow how great . I didn’t see such potato.

  3. Mike said,
    June 28, 2012 @ 3:20 pm

    Only in America 🙂 A semi-trailer dedicated to touring a potato around the country…

  4. Dorothy said,
    July 2, 2012 @ 3:00 pm

    T, Too bad we’re out west, I would have liked to see that spud, was it real? or made of foam?

    • Traci Suppa said,
      July 5, 2012 @ 9:40 pm

      Hi Dorothy; it wasn’t real, but I don’t think it was foam, because it supposedly weighs six tons! The largest real potato ever grown, so they tell me, was 11 lbs.