More than two tons of french fries were served during this year's french fry feed, the Potato Bowl Committee announced Friday, Sept. 13.
The committee said around 7,500 people consumed 5,184 pounds of fries during the first indoor french fry feed held Thursday, Sept. 12. The annual event typically held at University Park was canceled last year due to rain. This year's festivities were moved to the Hyslop Sports Center at UND because of rain.
The total is the third highest in the event's history and missed second place by 36 pounds, according to the Potato Bowl Committee.
The all-time record set in 2017 is 8,154 pounds, but Simplot’s Scott Lund still thinks that number can be topped some day, especially with the new fryer that was used Thursday for the first time.
“This fryer has the ability to do it,’” Lund said.
The Potato Bowl Committee said it was very pleased with the facility and the large turnout, which at times filled the arena floor.
Ted Kreis, spokesperson for the Potato Bowl Committee estimates 7,500 people passed through the arena during the four-hour event.
“We took notes on what we can improve on should the event ever have to be moved indoors again, but we sure hope to get back to University Park in 2020 after two straight years of rainouts,” he said.