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Giant Potato Invades Orange County!

The 6-ton tuber was spotted in Huntington Beach on Friday, heading up the 405.

A 28-foot-long potato rumbled through Orange County on Friday, cruising up the 405 Freeway toward Los Angeles.

Strapped to a flatbed truck, the 6-ton sculpture, which was commissioned by the Idaho Potato Commission, left Huntington Beach around 2 p.m. on its way to the Farmers Market in L.A.'s Fairfax district.

The jumbo tuber is the latest in a series of oversized objects traversing Southern California highways. Earlier this year, a giant rock was transported to the L.A. County Museum of Art. More recently, the Space Shuttle Endeavour  rolled down local streets to its new home in Exposition Park.

The massive potato's visit is temporary.

It will stay at the Farmers Market for this weekend's 78th annual Fall Festival. Instead of a pumpkin patch, the 11-foot-tall potato will be surrounded by a potato patch with 2,000 spuds. Visitors will get a bag with a potato in it, and can decorate it if they wish in a festival crafts event.

No word on how many French fries could be produced from a 28-foot potato.

Doris Flinn October 21, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Wish we had known ahead of time. That would have been fun to see!

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