Shelley to conduct Spud Day festivities today

Shelley celebrates Spud Day today

SHELLEY — The 83rd annual Idaho Spud Day in Shelley is today. This year's theme is "All Buttered Up."
Activities begin with a parade down State Street beginning at 9:45 a.m. Highlights of the day include the Spud Tug at 3 p.m., free potatoes served at noon, the World Champion Potato Picking Contests and performances on the free park stage, all at Shelley City Park/Dawn Lloyd Field.
At noon, just under 7,000 free baked potatoes will be served complete with butter, sour cream and cheese. Potatoes are provided by GPOD and Basic American. The kitchen staffs at Shelley and Firth high schools bake the spuds.
In spud picking contests, men and women vie for world championship titles that are defended each year. Kids also compete in various age groups.
Five of Shelley's citizens organized the first Idaho Spud Day in the summer of 1927. That year, the crowd was estimated at 10,000. It was noted 1,400 cars were counted parked on the streets and alleys. Potatoes were provided by the local farmers.

7 a.m. QRU Pancake Breakfast at Shelley Senior Center
7 a.m. Spud Run (5K, 10K and one-half Marathon) starts at Sunrise Elementary
9:45 a.m. Children's Parade down State Street in Shelley
10 a.m. Spud Day Parade down State Street in Shelley

Shelley City Park/Dawn Lloyd Field
• Food Booths • Craft and Commercial Booths • Games • Amusement Rides • Entertainment
11 a.m. Community Orchestra at Park Stage
Noon Free baked potatoes with trimmings
Noon 2 Bros. Hypno Show at Park Stage
12:30 p.m. Horseshoe tournament
1 p.m. Talent Show at Park Stage
2 p.m Potato picking contest in center of park
2 p.m. 2 Bros. Hypno Show at Park Stage
3 p.m. Spud tug

North Bingham County Park
Noon Red Baron RC Model Flyers at landing strip
2 p.m. Disc Golf Tournament
5 p.m. Demolition Derby at arena