If you saw a gigantic potato headed east along U.S. 278 on Friday afternoon, it wasn’t your eyes playing tricks on you.
The “Big Idaho Potato” arrived on Hilton Head Island around 2 p.m. ahead of Sunday’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
The big red rig crisscrosses the country promoting the “heart-healthy” benefits of a potato life — but not a couch-potato life — for the Idaho Potato Commission and its charitable A Big Helping program.
The truck is 72 feet long and weighs 6 tons, the equivalent of more than 32,000 normal sized potatoes, according to its website.
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And despite the “It’s Real” banner on the front of the truck, this potato is 100 percent artificial. In reality, the largest potato ever grown weighed 11 pounds, the website says.
(In case you’re wondering, a potato the size of the Big Idaho Potato reportedly would make more than 1.5 million french fries.)
If you want to take your photo with the sizable spud or meet the crew that ferries it around, the schedule on the Big Idaho Potato’s website says the truck will be at Kroger in Shelter Cove Towne Centre during the day on Saturday.
On Sunday, it will be part of the Hilton Head parade, which kicks off at 3 p.m. from the Coligny Beach public parking lot.
The truck’s website includes a “Follow the Truck” feature if you’d like to see exactly where it is at any time.
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which is marking it’s 35th year celebrating on Hilton Head, also will feature the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile.