Big Idaho Potato Truck Stops For Surprise For GISH Senior

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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. -- Trading in cake for a potato - one area future high school graduate loves the vegetable so much, she wanted to serve it for her upcoming graduation party.

Well, her parents did one better.

The Big Idaho Potato Truck stopped in Grand Island Wednesday. The six-ton tater started its journey from Wyoming to Kentucky for the upcoming Kentucky Derby.

So, they thought they'd appease mom and dad's request to stop in Grand Island, and Alison O'Neill didn't know what to say.

"It was just different to see," said O'Neill, a senior at Grand Island Senior High. "I've been at school all day, so yeah. 'What do you think of the Idaho Potato?' It's really big. 'Is this one part of your senior year that you'll never forget?' Yeah, I'm not going to forget this."

The truck is on its fourth cross-country journey. It began in 2012 as a campaign to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Idaho Potato Commission.

The potato would make 30,000 servings of mashed potatoes.