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Organizers wrap-up preparation in Rhinelander for PotatoFest Submitted: 09/03/2015
RHINELANDER - This year the PotatoFest in Rhinelander will still have the favorites, like the French Fry Frenzy and Polka Sunday.

But there will also be a few new additions like a beanbag toss tournament, and potato pantyhose bowling.

"The pantyhose bowling that's where you wear a pantyhose on your head and it's filled with a potato, and then you have to swing your head to knock pins, or knock the ball down to knock the pins over," said DRI Executive Director Maggie Steffen.


The festival will have about thirty food, craft and merchandise vendors. PotatoFest usually draws about four thousand people. Organizers say the strong influence of potato industries in the area helps cultivate an appreciation of the veggie.

"Eventually we are all hoping that not only we do something for our own community, but we get people from the outside to come and visit Rhinelander, and eventually, you know, make it a really big festival so people come and they help out our resort owners and help the economy, and that's what we're shooting for," said Steffen.

PotatoFest kicks off Friday night with a fish fry, live music and a scavenger hunt. The festival goes through Sunday afternoon.


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