We spent a very hot afternoon in Barnesville, MN at Potato Days. I didn’t realize it but the Barnesville area is touted as one of the best potato producing areas in the country. The festival dates back to the 1930s and includes potato picking and peeling contests, horse drawn wagon rides, a strong man competition and even a pageant called Little Miss Tator Tot. It’s definitely small town America! They serve potatoes in any way you could imagine-potato dumplings, potato soup, potato pancakes and lefse. Lefse (for all of you non-North Dakotans) is a Norwegian pastry made of potatoes, flour, butter and cream. It is delicious with butter and sugar.
There was also a mashed potato eating contest for the kids. Most of them decided to use their hands.
I love this boy’s expression… “what have I done?” I am not sure if he wanted to give up or throw up.
They also had a mashed potato sculpting contest for kids and adults. They had 30 minutes to complete their sculptures. The kids’ table had a lot of snowmen at the end of the 30 minutes but the adults were pretty creative.
Pretty amazing what you can do with potatoes!