spud days preview

SHELLEY — The 82nd annual Idaho Spud Day in Shelly begins tonight with the Miss Russet Pageant.
The pageant is at 7 p.m. in the Hillcrest High School Auditorium in Idaho Falls. Eight young ladies are vying for the title of Miss Russet. These contestants are Katie Hatch, Marcy Haney, Stephanie Martineau, Kaitlyn Anderson, Amber Tueller, Kayla Hansen, Rachael Versey and Katelyn Ovard.
To earn this title, each contestant will showcase a talent and outline the community project she will champion.
On Thursday, the musical, "Annie Get Your Gun," will be performed at 7:30 p.m. at the Virginia Theater in Shelley.
On Friday, the Tator Trot takes off at 3 p.m. at the Shelley High School track. The golf tournament at the Journeys End Golf Course in Shelley starts at 1 p.m.
A full slate of activities are scheduled on Saturday.
They include:
7 a.m. QRU pancake breakfast at Shelley Senior Center
7:30 a.m. Spud Run starts at Sunrise Elementary
9:45 a.m. Children's Parade on Shelley's State Street
10 a.m. Spud Day parade on Shelley's State Street
This is the first year a ping pong ball blast will be featured at the end of the parade. Shelley businesses and merchants have proved $2,000 worth of prizes and discounts in the ping pong balls, said Spud Day organizer Lynn Greenhalgh.
Activities at the Shelley City Park—Dawn Lloyd Field
11 a.m. Jump Rope Team—ProForm Airborne on state at the southwest corner of the park.
Noon Free Baked Potatoes and trimmings at southeast park shelter
Noon Community Orchestra on stage in southwest corner of park
Noon Potato Picking Contest in center of park
12:30 p.m. Horseshoe Tournament at north side of park
1 p.m. Talent Show on stage at southwest corner of park
2 p.m. Jump Rope Team—ProForm Airborne on stage at southwest corner of park
3 p.m. Spud Tug, southeast of ball diamond
At the North Bingham County Historical Park, events include:
2 p.m. Freisbee Golf Tournament
2 p.m. Red Baron RC Model Flyers
5 p.m. Demolition Derby
People can collect a new clue each day for the "Mr. Potato Head" scavenger hunt.
For additional information, please call 357-3457.