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Giant potato appears in downtown Bristol

By Kyle Benjamin, kbenjamin@wcyb.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 03:00:31 AM CST
Updated On: Aug 22 2013 04:47:29 PM CDT
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BRISTOL, Va. -

There is plenty to see and do in downtown during Food City Race Night, with show cars, drivers, military displays, free food, and music.

This year there is one very different sight to see.

In the world of NASCAR, the cars are essentially rolling billboards; but there's an advertisement sailing along at near 200 miles an hour and there's this -- the world's largest Idaho potato.

It's making a stop in Bristol as part of a seven-and-a-half month tour of the country promoting Meals On Wheels and celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Idaho Potato Commission.

While the gigantic spud represents the only potato certified heart healthy by the American Heart Association, the message 'the Tater Team' brings to events like Food City Race Night is also one of hope according to team member Tyler Page. "[We're] bringing that message of Meals On Wheels and what a great organization they are. They serve over a million means a day to seniors in need, so we're more than happy to be in Tennessee promoting that message," he said.

If you're curious about the potato, check out these spud facts: it weighs in at just over 12,000 pounds. It's 28 feet long, 13 feet tall, and if it were real, it would have taken 10,000 years to grow.

It would make 1.4 million French fries.

The potato is right by our station at 101 Lee Street, parked next to Tri-Summit Bank, if you want to check it out.