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Published September 15, 2010, 05:35 PM

Today's the Day for French Fry Fans

Organizers hope to break the record for pounds of french fries served.

The Potato Bowl is in full swing in Grand Forks and vents will continue until Saturday when UND plays Northeastern University.

Preparations for one of the most popular events have already begun.

"We're hoping to have thousands of people here..young and old, anything with families and kids..lots of college students," Laura Grinde, Quality Assurance Supervisor at Simplot, said.

It is hard to tell the day before how full the empty University Park will be. In one day, however, the aromas of mass quantities of french fries will be calling, 'Come and get it' to thousands of people in the area.

"Everyone wants to get out one last time before winter comes. Come out and get free french fries. Everyone loves that," said Grinde.

It is part of the Potato Bowl in Grand Forks. Every year a free french fry feed is just one of the events leading up to the big parade and game on Saturday. Sponsored by Simplot, Grinde says this event is all about numbers.

"About 5,000 lbs of french fries, We'll have 150 gallons of oil we're flying in and 120 gallons of ketchup."

That means 420 bottles of ketchup would be needed to make all of those gallons. But according to Grinde, getting rid of it all is not a problem."

"We served 4,000 lbs of fries last year and our record in 2008 was just under 5,000. This year we're hoping to break 5,000."

The event will feature live music, kids games and UND athletic groups serving all these fries. New this year, a fry eating contest, but Grinde said this event is about more than eating.

"It is a good way to enjoy the fall weather and for the community to you know, get together"