N O V E M B E R / D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 7 14 POTATO GROWER Food, family fun and many events make up the Potato Days Festival, which was held this year on Friday and thSaturday, August 28th and 29th in Barnesville, Minnesota. 2017 proved to be a great year even with cloudy, cooler days. Crowds were great and everyone had a great time! The streets on Friday were filled for a Friday with shop- pers, people enjoying the food court, entertainment and events. Saturday had a few sprinkles but that didn’t hin- der people. We had great crowds and even a few events filled up and we had to turn away participants! All the old favorite events were back again this year. The mashed potato wrestling event was bigger than ever and the field events were very popular this year as well. The Car Show celebrated it’s 20th Anniversary this year with over 130 cars and many Best of Show winners came back to show off their past trophies! The Food Court was overfilled with more vendors this year. Potato foods were a plenty as most of the vendors had some sort of potato goodie for all to enjoy! We thank all the wonderful events and corporate spon- sors for their support and donations as well as the 100’s of volunteers who donate hours to help put on a wonder- ful family festival that has something for every age! Whether “spuds” were a part of your activities during Potato Days or you were a spec”tator” a great time was had by all during the 2017 Potato Days. Mark your calendars for August 24th and 25th, 2018 to join us for more “spud”riffic fun! “Spud”tacular and a “Peel”ing Events Attract over 20,000 to Annual Potato Days Festival This little girl shows off her outfit at the potato sack fashion show. Getting ready for the Potato Sack stacking contest. These two boys get ready to race there spud cars in the potato car races.