August: PotatoFest

The first annual PotatoFest was hosted by Downtown Rhinelander Inc. and Tri-County Council-Lily’s House on August 31, 2013. The mission of PotatoFest is to have a positive community event that will gain recognition and popularity. We seek to highlight the potato and bring awareness to the public how vital it is to our area. Wisconsin is ranked 3rd in the country for potato growing and Rhinelander develops many types and supplies a high percentage of the plants used yearly by the growers.

The festival is a spud-filled day of activities such as a parade, a French Fry Frenzy, the YMCA Couch Potato Race, Little Lit’l Miss and Lit’l Mr. Tator Tot Potato Sack Outfit Contest, a potato salad cook-off and so much more. There is a historic and education component, food vendors and live music throughout the afternoon into the evening providing entertainment for all ages.

Our sponsors, Trigs, NRG Media, Sowinski’s Farms, Aspirus, BMO Harris, Days Inn/Claridge, Dean Distributing, Peoples State Bank, Printpack, Rhinelander Honda, and our partners, Frito Lay, Wisconsin Potato& Vegetable Growers Association and UW Madison Research Station thank you attending and invite you to attend the next Spudtakular event Saturday, August 30, 2014!

This is a community event with food booths and volunteers from groups, organizations, clubs, churches and schools.

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Winners of the PotatoFest Contests:

Couch Potato Race: Greater Love Community Church
Golden Potato Dig: Olivia Krause
Mashed Potato Eating: Sean Nichols
French Fry Eating: Bobert Thompson
Tasty Taters Potato Salad: Sue Wege, Sportsmans Cafe
Potato Peeling: Kathy Martino
Tall Tail Telling: Tim Brown, Grace Parish

Congratulations to all!

Sponsors Include:


ABX • Aspirus • Associated Bank • BMO Harris • Cirilli Law Offices • Clover Valley Farms * Concrete Products, Inc. • Danner’s Shoes, Inc.• Days Inn/Claridge • Dean Distributing, Inc. • Diane’s Frame Shoppe LLC • Draeger Propane • EastSide Automotive• Employment Options • Farmers Feed Store • Frito Lay • Gaber Electric • Heck Capital Advisors • Home Depot • Kerber/Rose • Masonic Lodge • Meyer Insurance Agency • N.O.W. Equipment • Northern Title & Abstract • Northern Waste •Northwoods Natl. Bank * NRG Media • O’Melia, Schiek & McEldowney S.C. • Oneida County Fair * Park City Credit Union • People’s State Bank • Printpack • Rhinelander Café & Pub • Rhinelander Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram • Rhinelander Honda • Ripco Credit Union • Shoeder’s RV & Marine • Sowinski Farms • Trig’s • Wipfli • Wis Potato & Vegetable Growers Assoc•Wisconsin Public Service

DRI has partnerships with the following to provide leadership on this event: UW Extension, UW Research Station, Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Assoc., YMCA, Frito Lay, Rhinelander Chamber, The Mason's, NRG Media, Concrete Products Inc., Draeger Propane Gaber Electric, Home Depot, N.O.W. Equipment, Northern Waste, Rhinelander Cafe & Pub, and Shoeder's RV & Marine.