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Published September 03, 2012, 07:57 PM

Potato Bowl Kicks Off this Week

It's Potato Bowl Week and both organizers and UND students are excited about the activities going on. Events kicked off today in Grand Forks and many say this is something they look forward all year.

It's Potato Bowl Week and both organizers and UND students are excited about the activities going on. Events kicked off today in Grand Forks and many say this is something they look forward all year.

The event most looked forward to seems to be the football game but there are many other events going on as well But the game where North Dakota will take on Portland State isn't the only thing happening this week. Whether you like potato chips, french fries or potato pancakes there is plenty of food to go around, celebrating the potato industry in the Red River Valley. People set a new record for fry consumption when two and a half tons of fries were served. That's more than five thousand pounds in all and this year they expect to break that record.

If french fries aren't your thing there are other activities including fireworks, a parade and tailgating before the 47th Annual Football game. Students and organizers are excited for the coming festivities.

Mike Elsberry, Potato Bowl Parade Co-Chair: “It's kind of the unity of the community the Potato Parade and what it represents, along with the football game later on in the afternoon Saturday.”

Each year a new Grand Marshal is picked for the event and this year it's Carl Hoverson from the J.R. Simplot Plant in Grand Forks. To find out more about this year’s events you can log on to http://www.potatobowl.org

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