It’s the middle of October. The cool, crisp nights are putting color in the trees around the Klamath Basin. If you look to the sky over the farmland around Klamath county, you can see pillars of dust in the sky indicating potato harvest is still underway for many area spud farmers. In the small town of Merrill, picnic tables are being set up while vendors stake out their spots. What do all of these signs point to? Klamath Spud Festival time!
The Klamath Basin Potato Festival is here again. Between October 15th and 16th, folks come from all around to Merrill to take part in the festivities. Though the Spud Festival will take place over two days, the biggest day is Saturday, when at 11 o’clock in the morning the parade begins. The theme for this year’s festival is “Potatoes – Can You Dig It?”, and we’re hoping our float is a big win with the judges and the crowd. Last year, the Gold Dust team received second place honors, but this year we’re hoping to take first!
The Potato Festival is a really fun family event. With a free BBQ put on by the Merrill Lion’s Club, live music, lots of booths, exhibits about potatoes and Basin agriculture and Saturday football game, there’s something for everyone.
We hope to see you there – and be sure to cheer at the top of your lungs when you see the Gold Dust float go by!