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PHOTOS: 6-ton steel-framed potato visits Pasadena's Fork in the Road

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Elijh, 4, of Pasadena played with bean bags in front of The Great Big Idaho Potato Truck on its visit to the Fork in the Road in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, October 16, 2012. The 11.5-foot tall potato towered over Pasadena residents.

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Residents took advantage and photographed The Great Big Idaho Potato Truck’s visit to the Fork in the Road in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, October 16, 2012. The truck commenced its seven-month tour in April.

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Ellis Nannuy, tour ambassador, takes boxes out of The Great Big Idaho Potato Truck on its visit to the Fork in the Road in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, October 16, 2012. The six-ton spud also serves as a storage container for food donations collected for the Meals on Wheels Association of America.

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Bob Stane, owner of the Fork in the Road eats fries in front of The Great Big Idaho Potato Truck in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, October 16, 2012. The 28-foot long, 11.5-foot tall potato visited the location from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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A jogger runs past The Great Big Idaho Potato Truck on its visit to the Fork in the Road in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, October 16, 2012. Residents took advantage of the rare opportunity and used it to photograph the giant fork and potato.

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Anibal Ortiz / KPCC

Residents took advantage and photographed The Great Big Idaho Potato Truck’s visit to the Fork in the Road in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, October 16, 2012. The truck commenced its seven-month tour in April.


Pasadena’s 18-foot-tall Fork in the Road may have finally met its match Tuesday: A six-ton potato made a stop just in time for lunch.

The Great Big Idaho Potato Truck made the stop at the Fork Tuesday as part of a tour to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Idaho Potato Commission.

The fork may have trouble piercing the steel-framed polymer-concrete spud, which also serves as a storage container for food donations collected for the Meals on Wheels Association of America.

Kaiti Frickey, tour ambassador for Idaho Potato, said the tour’s last two weeks will be spent in Southern California before putting the potato to rest until its second, shorter tour next summer.

“We have been on a seven-month tour around the country celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Idaho Potato Commission, raising funds and awareness for Meals on Wheels, and we’ve also been in search for a giant utensil to go with our giant potato — and we finally found it here in Pasadena," said Frickey.

Onlookers took advantage of the opportunity to pose for photos in front of the 28-foot long, 11.5-foot tall potato.

The truck debuted during the Idaho Potato Bowl at Bronco Stadium in Boise, Idaho and started its tour in April.

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