Spuddy Buddy and the Tater Team join the First Ever 16th Annual World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade in Hot Springs, Ark., in 2019. ( Courtesy Idaho Potato Commission )

The Big Idaho Potato Truck is returning to its home base early this season due to coronavirus COVID-19 concerns.

Now in its ninth season on the road, the truck and the star attraction, a four-ton potato, naturally draw crowds at scheduled appearances across the country. With public health concerns about COVID-19 and crowds, the Idaho Potato Commission has decided to suspend the tour, according to a news release.

Some of those events, such as the First Ever 17th Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Hot Springs, Ark., had already been cancelled.

“The safety and well-being of the Tater Team and the millions of fans we meet during our six-month journey are a top priority for us,” Frank Muir, president and CEO of the Idaho Potato Commission, said in the release. “The Big Idaho Potato Truck will be back on the road as soon as it can. In the meantime, please stay safe everyone.” 

Although the truck’s tour has been mashed, the members of the traveling Tater Team will be active on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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