Last Saturday was a beautiful day for a parade. The crisp October morning provided plenty of sunshine and kept the threat of clouds at bay while folks made their way to Merrill for the 72nd Annual Klamath Basin Potato Festival (also known as the Spud Festival). And it was at the Spud Festival parade that Gold Dust and Walker Bros. Farms released their latest product – Tater Tots!
As with chipping potatoes, Gold Dust’s Tater Tots take a lot of time and care to raise, plus plenty of love. We’re sure this bumper crop will ensure not only the future of potato farming in the Klamath Basin, but for Gold Dust and Walker Brothers Farms as well.
The float was put together by the talented crew of Tricia Hill, Jessica Christensen, Lexi Crawford, Nayeli Pena and Brita Binderup. Gold Dust would like to thank these ladies for not only putting in extra time after the work day was over to build the float, but also for taking time out of their Saturday to ride on it and make sure the Tater Tots stayed on board!
Judging from the people lining the streets for the parade and filling the exhibition hall, it looks like this year’s Potato Festival was a success. There were lots of fun floats that played with the theme “This Spud’s For You!” with local businesses, schools and other organizations showing up to enjoy the sunny morning and show their support. Farmers, workers and folks from inside and outside of the farming community enjoyed free baked potatoes and BBQ for lunch as well as a fun-run, horseshoe tournament and live music from the Old Time Fiddlers and other local bands.
We hope you’ll join us next year for the 73rd Annual Klamath Basin Potato Festival. Until next year, we hope you’ll enjoy a few pictures of our float and the Tater Tots!