Barnesville Minnesota’s Potato Days, held August 26-27, has landed a spot on Reuters list of the Top 10 Wacky U.S. Summer Events. Potato Days, a two-day festival celebrating the starchy vegetable, involves a French Fry feed and, of course, Mashed Potato Wrestling, where participants duke it out in a vat of spuds. Check out this video for a taste of how wacky this event truly is.
Luckily for us, we don’t have to wait until August to enjoy potato festivities here in the Twin Cities. Brooklyn Park hosts their 48th annual celebration of spuds, Tater Daze, this weekend at Noble Sports Park. Festivities kick off Thursday night with a parade starting at 6 o’clock and run all weekend long. According to the website, Tater Daze is a festival to honor the humble potato as well as to celebrate the resiliency and sense of community Brooklyn Park has held through tough historic times.
Activities for this year’s Tater Daze include the parade, fireworks, and a carnival with rides and various attractions as well as soccer and softball tournaments, 5k walk/run, battle of the bands, BP’s Got Talent competition, and an art and vendor sale. New features include a cooking contest and, of course, mashed potato wrestling! For more information regarding Tater Daze as well as a complete list of activities, check out their online Tater Daze Guide.
If you’re looking for a fun family-friendly event for this weekend or simply want to try your luck in mashed potato wrestling, Brooklyn Park’s Tater Daze is plenty “a-peel-ing.”