Ever heard of Spud Day?? If you have not, then you are not alone. Until a month or so ago, I had never heard of it either. But when I learned that there was a whole day to celebrate (my favorite carb) spuds, I was in. We had no idea what to expect out of a Spud Day, but no Nomad was disappointed. How could there be any disappointment when there were “potato candy bars” being thrown during the parade? I’m telling you, there could be no disappointment. It was SPUDRIFIC!
Spud Day is held in Shelley, ID. This little town in Idaho is all about the potato and I don’t blame them, potatoes are awesome. This year happened to be the 88th annual Spud Day. That’s a lot of years celebrating Idaho’s famous potatoes. The festivities include a pageant where Miss Russet is crowned, a 5K race, parade, carnival, free baked potatoes, entertainment, and a spud tug to end the festivities. Side note of wisdom: don’t plan on the free baked potato. Just skip it. The line was insane!
Don’t think that this is “small potatoes” (See what I did there?) because it’s anything but. There are lots, and lots, and lots of people that show up. It is crowded, but it is fun. If you enjoy local, hometown type activities and are in the southeastern area of Idaho, Spud Day might be an event you want to mark on your calendar. It’s held every year on the 3rd Saturday of September. Happy Trails!