One day -- two fantastic parties! In celebration of our favorite food stuffs, East Idaho is gearing up for Spud Day in Shelley and a another great round of Harvest Fest at Snake River Landing.
In Idaho Falls, the annual Harvest Fest has grown into one of the most anticipated events of the year for food, music and all-around family fun.
Running Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at Snake River Landing, the free event includes a Craft Fair, free entertainment with the Bar J Wranglers, the "Smoke on the Snake" national BBQ contest, family game booths and a secret ingredient cook-off.
The venue will also host some Girl and Boy scouts activities as well as a car show, cookie decorating, straw maze & train rides, face painting and a variety of kids games.
Returning this year will be the Hero's Chili Cook-Off, which challenges our local first-responder and law enforcement personnel to serve up the best chili for the masses. You can also expect a hefty number of craft and food vendors. For more information, contact 208-557-5300.
Down the road in Shelley, Spud Day will be celebrating its 84th year with a full plate of tuberlicious food, fun activities and contests.
Sponsored by the City of Shelley and the Shelley Kiwanis Club, the town's Saturday celebration is preceded by the Miss Russet Pageant Wednesday night, a performance of Pirates of Penzance at the Virginia Theater Thursday evening and a golf tournament and race (Tater Trot) Friday afternoon.
Saturday events start with a 7 a.m. pancake breakfast at the Shelley Senior Center, followed by the annual Spud Run, parade and the festival itself at Shelley City Park.
You can expect numerous food booths, craft and commercial booths, games, amusement rides, entertainment and (go figure) FREE baked potatoes and trimmings at the Southeast Park Shelter.
A magic show and potato picking contest are slated for noon, followed by a horseshoe tournament, talent show, potato sack races and more. Over at North Bingham County Park there will be a disc golf tournament and demolition derby.
Then there is the main attraction at 3 p.m. -- the famous Spud Tug. This highly competitive mash-up is a sight to behold. Don't miss it!
For additional information, call 220-7783.