Monster spud to make southwestern Ill. visit -

Monster spud to make southwestern Ill. visit

SHILOH, Ill. (AP) -- When it comes to potatoes, this one is anything but a small fry.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports a giant replica of an Idaho potato is on a 19,000-mile U.S. trek, and this weekend it will pause in southwestern Illinois.

The spud is 28 feet long, 12 feet wide and more than 11 feet high, weighing in at six tons.

It’ll be on display outside the Texas Roadhouse restaurant in Shiloh from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. It’s part of a food drive, with anyone who brings two food pantry items getting a coupon for a free appetizer at the restaurant.

The spud promotes healthy-heart awareness for women and may be a natural in Shiloh, which is not far from the “World’s Largest Bottle of Catsup” in Collinsville.

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