IPC Awards $7500 in Prize Money to Children Nationwide

The Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) awarded 75 lucky winners with an American Express gift card out of hundreds of submissions it received from children across the United States for its “Smashed Spuddy Buddy” sweepstakes.

Launched by the IPC in partnership with Idaho First Lady Lori Otter, the educational and interactive “Smashed Spuddy Buddy” program was designed to teach kids about the nutritional benefits of Idaho potatoes and how they are grown.

“The Idaho Potato Commission places a high value on educating young people about smart nutritional choices,” says Frank Muir, president and CEO of the IPC. “We are thrilled that the program met with such incredible response from children, while communicating the importance of Idaho potatoes in a fun, unique way.”

To participate in the sweepstakes, kids watched an educational video entitled “How a Potato Grows” on the IPC’s website, downloaded and colored their own picture of Spuddy Buddy and had their photo taken with him in their location of choice. Many children expressed their creativity through artistic drawing and coloring skills, while others had fun introducing Spuddy to different parts of their home or community.

Entries were received from families representing 38 different states, which demonstrates the popularity of Idaho potatoes across the country. From these entries, 75 participants were randomly selected by the IPC to receive the $100 prize. The IPC wishes to congratulate the winners and extend its gratitude to all of the families that helped their children participate.

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