Spud Drive In Potato.

Spud Drive-In Giant Potato

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Driggs, Idaho

The Teton Valley is proud of their famous crop, and the big potato in Driggs is a vacation dream -- a novelty postcard come to life in three dimensions. The image of a truck or train carrying a giant spud has been around for 40 years or more. Only here, next to the Spud Drive-In Theatre, can you pose with the real McCoy.

Not a real potato, of course -- but a blob of concrete over a frame. Two American flags flap from the back of the flatbed. Every year the potato truck, dubbed "Old Murphy," is driven during the local parade (in 2006 it was covered in tin foil like a baked potato).

Giant potato on a truckbed.

The movie drive-in is still in operation, the latest double feature prominent on the marquee during the summer. But during the day the area is mostly deserted, so you can pose as much as you like with the big potato.

The potato theme is continued in the drive-in, with a couple of reclining, legless cartoon spuds at the ticket booth and a sign that warns "Whoa...Small Tots at Play!" There's also a bench where you can pose with a potato character.

About 100 miles southwest, in Blackfoot, another potato claims to be the world's largest. It's in front of the Idaho Potato Museum.

Drive-In Ticket booth.

The one in Driggs is the prime photo op.

Spud Drive-In Giant Potato

Spud Drive-In Theater

Address:
2175 S. Hwy 33, Driggs, ID
Directions:
Spud Drive-In Theater. One mile south of town, east side of Hwy 33.
Hours:
Aug 2012: Reported closed. (Call to verify)
Phone:
208-354-2727
RA Rates:
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