Halfway through its seven-month cross-country tour, the 28-foot-long marketing tool of the Idaho Potato Commission stopped in Washington D.C. on June 12.

The commission’s “Great Big Idaho Potato Truck” visited the U.S. Capitol, where commission president Frank Muir was on hand for the presentation of $100,000 to the Meals on Wheels Association of America. Idaho Sens. James Risch and Mike Crapo met with Muir and Enid Borden, president of the Alexandria, Va.-based Meals on Wheels organization.

Muir has said the commission’s donation to the program, which provides millions of meals to homebound senior citizens daily, will help raise awareness about the Meals on Wheels organization as well as educate people about the nutritional value of potatoes.

Halfway there: IPC's giant potato visits D.C.The giant potato’s trek is part of the commission’s 75th anniversary celebration. After the tour, the super-sized spud is scheduled to head back to Idaho to celebrate the 2012 harvest at Shelley Spud Days, which is annually scheduled on the third Saturday in September.

After the stop on Capitol Hill, the giant russet headed to Waldorf, Md., for a June 13 appearance at BJ’s Wholesale Club. The rig’s route then takes the big baker south for the following stops:

  •  June 14, Lorton, Va., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Five Guys, 10440 Furnace Road, Suite 205;
  •  June 15, Richmond, Va.,1-3 p.m. at BJ’s Wholesale Club, 1320 Starling Dr.;
  •  June 19, Charlotte, N.C., 9-11 a.m. at Harris Teeter, 3333 Pineville-Matthew Rd., and 1p.m. to 3 p.m. at BI-LO, 2186 Cherry Road;
  •  June 20, Charlotte, N.C., 9-11 a.m. at Bi-LO, 8120 S. Tryon St., and 1-3 p.m. at Harris Teeter, 7852 Rea Road; and
  •  June 25, Orlando, Fla., 9 a.m. to noon at Darden Restaurant headquarters, 1000 Darden Center Dr.

To follow the rest of the potato’s route back to Idaho, visit http://www.bigidahopotato.com.