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Published September 24, 2011, 06:05 PM

Potato Bowl Wraps Up With Parade, Football Game

The annual Potato Bowl wrapped up its week of celebrations in Grand Forks today. The fun-filled week ended with a parade and a UND football game.

The annual Potato Bowl wrapped up its week of celebrations in Grand Forks today. The fun-filled week ended with a parade and a UND football game.

Thousands of people lined DeMers Avenue trying to catch a glimpse of the Potato Bowl Parade.

"My favorite part was getting candy!"

But the parade was just the beginning of a big day for many Sioux Fans.

"My favorite part is tailgating out here with everybody, going to see what everybody is cooking, taking part with the fun, and getting ready for the game," fan Darwin Kvislen said.

The 46th annual Potato Bowl is expected to bring thousands out to the Alerus Center to celebrate the end of a week of activities with a Sioux home game.

"We got out here, it was 1:00, we can enjoy the weather and have a great time," fan Leroy Kurtyka said.

A week of french fry feeds and celebrations hasn't slowed anyone down. Most people say their favorite part takes place today.

"Tailgating! That's my favorite part about every football game," fan Tony Bowman said.

"Oh it's the football game, absolutely. I just love watching Sioux football," Potato Bowl Committee Member Lowell Schweigert said.

And fans hope the day ends with...

"Well, ends with a sioux victory of course!" Schweigert added.

"A UND victory!" Kvislen said.

"The day ends with the Sioux winning and having a great evening," Kurtyka said.

Thursday's famous French Fry feed broke a record this year with 5,010 pounds of fries served to more than 6,000 people.

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