Sep 17, 2005

HEARTATTACKVILLE, FRENCH FRY POTATO
The real question: What happened last year? You all had a big lunch? Couldn't fit nearly so many spuds into the ole human disposal as in 2003 and 2005?

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Residents here have gobbled up a new record for the largest single serving of french fries. An estimated 4,518 pounds of french fries were consumed during Thursday night's annual french fry feeding frenzy.

The event is held during "Potato Bowl U.S.A" week, which recognizes the potato industry in the Red River Valley and includes a weekend University of North Dakota football game.

This year's total eclipsed the record of 4,410 pounds of fries set two years ago.

Along with 11,000 servings of fries, organizers had more than 100 gallons of ketchup on hand.

Dave Gottberg, a director with the J.R. Simplot french fry plant in Grand Forks, estimated that about 10,000 people were served.

"It was fantastic weather and the 40th anniversary and all, plus they advertised pretty well for us this year," he said.

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