click image to zoomCourtesy of Idaho Potato Commission The Great Big Idaho Potato Truck has started rolling on its seven-month tour across the country.
The truck, sponsored by the Idaho Potato Commission, was inspired by a vintage Idaho potato postcard and holds a 6-ton version of a potato.
It will travel the nation to help raise funds for Meals on Wheels Association of America.
The giant potato, if real, would produce more than 1.4 million regular-sized fries, according to a news release.
The truck debuted during the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise, Idaho, in December on ESPN.
The tour is part of the commission’s celebration of its 75th anniversary.
“This is a very special year for us as we recognize an industry that has worked tirelessly to grow the finest potatoes available,” Frank Muir, president and chief executive officer for the commission said in the release.
“The Great Big Idaho Potato Truck serves as a traveling ambassador for the great state of Idaho, the number one producer of potatoes in the country,” Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter, said in the release.
The truck was designed and built by Chris Schofield and Sharolyn Spruce of Weiser, Idaho over the course of a year, according to the release. The Kenworth Sales Company and Western Trailer, Boise, Idaho, provided construction help.