Retailer participation in the Idaho Potato Commission’s annual Potato Lovers Month retail display contest reached an all-time high this year, up almost 10% from 2009.

The Eagle-based commission worked with Mrs. Dash Seasoning Blends and Molly McButter for its 15th annual contest, which required winners’ potato displays to stand out among more than 2,300 entries.

First place winners in three size categories were Gleo Runyon, Pick n Save, Ironton, Ohio; Robert Kruse, Sweetbay Supermarket, Tampa, Fla., and Fred Sweany, Buehler’s Fresh Foods, Wooster, Ohio.

The commission awarded $34,000 to the top 115 participants, and all entries received a gift from the commission upon entry. A complete list of winners is available at

Potato displays earn retailers kudos from Idaho Potato Commission

Courtesy Idaho Potato Commission

Buehler's Fresh Foods in Wooster, Ohio, took first place in the Idaho Potato Commission's 2010 retail display contest for the large store size category.