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Giant Potato Meets World's Largest Fork in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A 28-foot wide spud is travelling around the country on a 48-foot flatbed trailer to promote the 75th anniversary of the Idaho Potato and Meals on Wheels.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A giant Idaho potato met its match Tuesday in Springfield.

A 28-foot wide spud is travelling around the country on a 48-foot flatbed trailer to promote the 75th anniversary of the Idaho Potato and Meals on Wheels.

Tuesday's stop was at the huge giant fork, which stands 35 feet tall, at Nobel Communications and The Food Channel in Chesterfield Village.

On the potato's 15,000-mile, seven-month journey, the so-called tator team gets a lot of questions.

"The most frequent question we get is, 'Is it real?' Our standard response is, 'it's really awesome.'"

Springfield's Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Seifried was on hand to sign a proclamation Tuesday.

The potato weights 6 tons and would make about 1.4 million french fries. By the end of its journey, it will have visited 28 states.

Meals on Wheels is a non-profit organization that delivers more than one million meals each day to homebound seniors.
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