Potato Days

Barnesville’s Potato Days helps remember the town’s past

Barnesville has a history tied to the potato and they're honoring that heritage with their Potato Days festival this weekend.

BARNESVILLE, Minn. (KVRR) – The town is joining together for food, fun and potato activities. The event traces back to the 1930s. “It’s very interesting the history of the potato in this town. Historically Barnesville was a potato growing community, grew a lot of potato’s around the region here,” Potato Days Festival Executive Director Jeff Swenson said. This event pays…

COVID-19 Takes Out The 2020 Potato Days Festival

Potato Days will return for its 30th anniversary celebration in 2021

BARNESVILLE, Minn. — There will be no mashed potato wrestling in Barnesville this summer. The annual Potato Days Festival set for late August has been canceled. The organizers say the decision was difficult, but necessary because of COVID-19 concerns. They say Potato Days will return for its 30th anniversary celebration in 2021. The event typically attracts more than 22,000 people…

Potato Days Brings Community Together, Becomes Part of Family Traditions

A father and son will compete against each other in the potato throwing contest next year

BARNESVILLE, Minn. — Potato Days has become a family tradition for many. Justin Camperud is an eight-time winner of the potato throwing contest. His tips? “Balance. Make sure you throw with both arms, not try to one hand it. A lot of people try to tip it the long way and try to push it with one hand as opposed…

Deeply Rooted Traditions Are Aplenty at “Potato Days” in Barnesville

The celebration has happened continuously in the city since 1991

BARNESVILLE, Minn. — Over the years, Barnesville has cultivated a rich history with one important crop. “This started in 1931, it took a few years off, and we brought it back in 1991, and we’re such a potato–rich area for farming, so it’s just a natural festival for us to have,” said Theresa Olson, the Festival Director for Potato Days. Like…