by Andrew Crisp
When the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile joined the Big Idaho Potato in the downtown Winco parking lot today, the pair were shy only a Tillamook Baby Loaf Bus.
"Boise may have food trucks," said Gracie Bingham with the Idaho Potato Commission, creator of the Big Idaho Potato. "But these are actual food trucks."
The 44,000-pound, 72-foot-long Big Idaho Potato truck dwarfed the diminutive Wienermobile parked next to it. The two trucks had been hoping to "meat up" in their travels across the country, said Laura Herrick Boise design firm Foerstel, which designed the potato.
"We just happened to meet up here in Idaho," said Herrick. "As part of our 75th anniversary, we're touring the country and asking for support for the Meals on Wheels program."
The Potato Commission kicked in $100,000 to jumpstart that effort. Since its creation two years ago, the Big Idaho Potato and the Tater Team have traveled to 106 cities in 33 states.
While the potato truck is one of a kind, Oscar Mayer has six Wienermobiles, employing 12 "hot doggers." The 27-foot-long Wienermobile parked next to the potato was 60 hot dogs long and 10 hot dogs wide.
Abraham "Abe the Ham" Luna and Kelly "Cookout Kelly" Goldthorpe wore red and blue jumpsuits when they bounded out of the meatwagon. The two head to Salt Lake City next.
"It was great to finally 'ketchup' with the Big Idaho Potato," said Luna.