Old fashioned fun awaits in Barnesville, Minnesota as the lowly spud takes center stage for the annual Potato Days Festival. Touted as one of the best potato producing areas in the country, Barnesville is proud to celebrate their potato heritage with two days of "spud"tacular excitement.
A perfect weekend getaway, the entire family will enjoy bushels of activities from sunrise to sunset. The festival, originally dating back to the late 30's, combines some of the more traditional fare with a new millennium twist. There's something for everyone, from the nostalgic Potato Picking and Peeling Contests to the updated Miss Tator Tot Pageant and the specialized art of Mashed Potato Sculpturing.
Besides a wild assortment of potato-theme contests, games and displays on the slate, the Potato Days Festival also boasts an "a-ppealing" menu of potato favorites. The Norwegian influence is evident in the "spud"riffic smorgasbord which includes lefse, potato dumplings, potato sausage, baked potatoes, potato pancakes and potato soup. In addition, participants are invited to display their culinary talents as part of the National Lefse Cookoff and Potato Cookoff competition.