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Spud Day Parade is “Spudtacular”

Idaho

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SHELLEY — Hundreds of east Idahoans lined both sides of State St. in Shelley Saturday, Sept. 19. to watch the Spud Day Parade.

The event, organized by the Shelley Kiwanis Club, featured the Miss Russet Pageant, a Tater Trot, 5k Spud Run, the parade and more.

The parade began at 10 a.m. and was led down by Miss Russet winner Alyssa Turpin. The other contestants were there as well. Fire trucks, police cars, cement trucks, horses, and more paraded down the street for over an hour throwing candy and toys to children. Several local business also participated in the parade.

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Shelley High School strutted their stuff with cheerleaders performing routines and firing up the crowed. The Shelley High School Marching Band played traditional marching music.

Spud Day continued after the parade with free potatoes at noon and a tug of war over a pit of mashed potatoes. The event also included booths from several business, carnival games and other potato related activates.

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Spud day is a part of Idaho tradition and celebrates Spud Harvest in Eastern Idaho. The event began in 1927 and is help every third Saturday in September. For more information on Spud Day visit the Shelly Idaho Kiwanis page.

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