For more than a century, the spud was a staple crop in Flagler County and remains an important agricultural feature and iconic representation of the county’s agricultural heritage.
Thanks to the Bunnell Chamber of Commerce, the city of Bunnell and the Bunnell Community Redevelopment Agency, the potato will have its day in the sun at the third-annual Potato Festival on Saturday, May 21.
The festivities will take place 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in and around Bunnell City Hall.
According to Scott Sowers, chair of the Bunnell Chamber of Commerce, “The Potato Festival is a great opportunity to celebrate Bunnell’s agricultural history and enjoy the city’s hometown hospitality.”
The event is guaranteed to be a mashing good time for kids of all ages, with fresh, locally grown French fries, cold beer, bounce houses and activities in the kids area, vendors, live music, a tractor display, a baked potato bar courtesy of Wendy’s restaurants and a parade.
The inaugural Bunnell Township Centennial Parade will kick off at 11:30 a.m.
The pageant to crown local Potato Princesses and Tater Tots will be 9:30 to 11 a.m. and the mashed potato eating and sculpting contests at 12:30 and 2 p.m.
For more on the history of the potato here, visit the Flagler County History Historical Society at the Holden House Museum and the museum annex.
For more events this weekend, check out our Community Calendar.