Mash-up of fun awaits at Spring Valley’s 44th annual Potato Festival

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Mashed potato eating contest. Check!

Potato Putt-Putt. Check!

Love spuds? Then you’ll want to head to Spring Valley for their annual celebration of potatoes on Saturday, Oct. 2 and Sunday, Oct. 3.

“Super Spud” is the theme for the 44th Annual Potato Festival, according to the event’s Facebook page. The weekend will be a mash-up of potato-related fun.

King and queen contests will kick off the festival Friday night in Bledsoe Park on Main Street followed by a potato putt-putt golf match and a mashed potato eating contest.

The 22nd annual Tater-Trot 5K run/walk race will take off Saturday morning at 8 a.m. Registration is $30 and will be held in Walton Park shelter house at Elm and Main streets at 7 a.m. The run/walk will take place on the bike trail.

More race information can be found at

The two-day event will feature live music, children’s games, arts and crafts vendors and a pet parade on Sunday. Food vendors will be on hand and shops will be open for one-of-a-kind purchases.

Proceeds from the event are used to benefit the community’s library, youth activities and parks.

The full schedule of events can be found on the Spring Valley Potato Festival’s website.


What: 44th annual Spring Valley Potato Festival

Where: Downtown Spring Valley

When: Oct. 2-3

More info: Facebook | Website

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