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Simplot is practically synonymous with french fries, and the potato giant is getting the festival started a day early, on Friday, July 12, with a huge fry-off, deep frying 2,000 pounds of fries an hour and serving them to the public for free from 4-7 p.m. Folks are encouraged to bring donations for the Idaho FoodBank, and donations of $15 or more will land givers a “FryIdaho” t-shirt.
The celebration doesn't end at JUMP. The Gyro Shack will hand out a free regular fry with any purchase on Saturday, July 13, and Boise Fry Company will offer $1 small russets all day on Saturday. The second-annual Lamb Weston National Fry Day Celebration at the Albertsons Market Street in Meridian will hand out fries from noon-4 p.m. All donations will go to the Idaho FoodBank and “I Love Fries” t-shirts will be available.