The Idaho Potato Commission is taking its Spuddy Buddy mascot to its state capitol to help teach children about the health benefits of eating their state’s potatoes.

Spuddy Buddy to visit Idaho capitol in education appearanceThe Eagle-based commission is partnering with Idaho’s first lady, Lori Otter, to create and launch “Smashed Spuddy Buddy,” an interactive program to teach kids about the nutrition value of Idaho potatoes.

A related contest also provides parents the chance to win one of 75 $100 cash prizes, according to a news release.

During Capitol Day festivities, Otter plans to present the program to a group of more than 150 students and teachers and help the students color their Smashed Spuddy Buddy handout, according to the release.

Smashed Spuddy Buddy is a black and white trademarked drawing of the commission’s Spuddy Buddy mascot.

The commission plans to encourage parents and teachers of students in grades 1-3 to watch a video on how potatoes grow and take a short quiz after the video.

Parents can take photos of their children’s Smashed Spuddy Buddy drawing and upload it to to be entered into the sweepstakes.