SLV Potato Festival coming Sept. 7

Fun games allow kids to bounce off energy after eating spuds and cotton candy for lunch. File photo by Ruthanne Johnson

MONTE VISTA—Don’t miss the 12th Annual San Luis Valley Potato Festival on Saturday, Sept. 7. Come prepared to spend the day with us at Chapman Park.  
Start the day with the Second Annual Tater Trot 5K or join Colorado Potato Administration’s Executive Director Jim Ehrlich on a free agricultural tour. This bus will take participants to the SLV-Research Center and into a field being harvested. Learn about breeding, seeding, growing and harvesting of Colorado’s finest potatoes, right here in the San Luis Valley. To reserve a seat on the tour, contact the office at 852-3322 or [email protected]
To participate in the 5K, pre-register at or register at 7:15 a.m. on Sept. 7 at the park. Registration is $25/participant and all proceeds will benefit SLV pediatric diabetes patients.  
Stay at Chapman Park throughout the day to enjoy the free kids’ games, the famous mashed potato dunk tank, professional chef demo by Carley Smith, bouncy houses and a trampoline quad jumper. There will also be food and craft vendors, games for the family, live animals, an antique tractor display with homemade ice cream, a truck and semi show and much, much more! Be sure to stop by the Colorado Potato booth between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to join Octane Addictions’ X-Game Riders for a photo and autograph session.
Returning this year is, Octane Addictions, a family friendly motorsport aerial freestyle show featuring X-Game medalists. This will be at the Ski-Hi Park Arena at 6 p.m., and tickets can be purchased at
Plan to make it a weekend, and check out Monte Vista’s Vali-3 Theatre for a showing of “Faith like Potatoes,” based on the heartwarming true story of Angus Buchan. It follows the inspiring journey of Angus, a man who grows his faith, like his potatoes on Friday and Sunday evenings. For more information or with any questions, call 719-852-3322 or email [email protected]


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