The sun was out, the breeze was slight and the weather was warm. While spud trucks traveled from the yard to the fields and then to the cellars, in Merrill a parade was getting underway. After all, it was the perfect Saturday for a parade, and a perfect day for the 76th Annual Klamath Basin Potato Festival.
Held every year in Merrill, the Spud Festival (as it’s called locally) hosts folks from all over to show their appreciation for all things potato and celebrate agriculture. With booths, a potato feed, all sorts of events and the parade, there’s a little something for everyone the whole weekend. This year, the festivities kicked off on Friday, October 18th and went through the weekend. If you’ve been an avid follower of our farm blog, then you know how important the Gold Dust office staff takes the parade. After missing last year’s parade, the office crew wasn’t going to skip this year as well. The theme for the Potato Festival was “God made a farmer, farmer grows potatoes, potatoes support our community”, so the ladies decorated a float with golden potatoes and gold fringe and balloons while they and their children donned white T-shirts and angel wings. Though Gold Dust hasn’t won an award for the office staff’s creativity yet, it’s still fun and a great way for our employees to get out in the community.
But this year was different. Rumor had it that Gold Dust’s float actually did well this year! How well? We took first place in the Commercial Division and for Best Overall Use Of Theme we grabbed second. Well done, office crew!
While it may appear our office staff had a whole lot of fun putting this float together, let’s not forget they made Gold Dust look good for the parade while still doing their everyday tasks. And on top of it, they all got up early on Saturday to put the finishing touches on the float and to participate in the parade, not to mention get their kids around to help out too. So ladies, thank you very much for your hard work on the float and congratulations on getting first place!
And before we wrap up this post, Gold Dust would like to thank the folks who put on the Potato Festival. It takes a lot of hard work to put together an event like this, and it’s great to see people putting in the time to not only make it a fun event, but one that celebrates out local ag community and continues to grow. Thank you.