Giant potato truck coming to Champaign

Giant potato truck coming to Champaign

The director of the tour of a giant-sized replica potato heading to Champaign later this month says the massive spud is a popular attraction everywhere it goes.

The announcement was made Thursday on Lite Rock 97.5 WHMS with Mike in the Morning that the Great Big Idaho Potato Truck will be in town on June 24 and will be at the WDWS-WHMS-WKIO radio center.

The giant potato will come to the radio center that afternoon and stay into the next morning. The "Tater Team" will also be a part of our morning shows on 97.5 and on Newstalk 1400 WDWS on June 25th. There will also be a food drive with the Eastern Illinois Foodbank in Urbana.

Tour Director of the Famous Idaho Potato Tour Laura Martin, who also goes by "Tater Mom," says the truck has taken on a life of its own since the tour began in 2012.

Martin adds that the idea for the truck came about to celebrate the Idaho Potato Commission's 75th Anniversary and was intended to last only one year.

The potato is 28 feet long and more than 11 feet high, weighing six tons or more than 12,000 pounds. It's made out of steel, plywood, foam, and a polymerized concrete.

For more information on the Great Big Idaho Potato Truck and some fun facts on it, go to

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Orbiter wrote on June 26, 2014 at 10:06 am

I would have attended, if this story had bothered to give us the address of the event.  I have no idea where the "WDWS-WHMS-WKIO radio center" is located.