Are You Ready for Some Football?! The IPC is Celebrating the 2010 Idaho® Potato Crop with an All Star Line-Up of Recipes, Tips and a Sweepstakes That Promise to Fuel Potato Lovers and Football Fans All Season Long

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The first Idaho® potatoes of the season have been harvested and according to the experts, Idaho's unique and favorable growing conditions of warm days, cool nights, mineral-rich volcanic soil and fresh mountain water have helped produce an abundant crop of high-quality spuds. This year, it is estimated that Idaho growers will harvest approximately 295,000 acres, that's more than 11 billion pounds of potatoes in just six-weeks (late-August through early-October).

"This year's crop looks fantastic - Mother Nature was good to the Idaho® potato growers! The quality of spuds couldn't be better!" explained Frank Muir, President & CEO, Idaho Potato Commission. "In addition to a superb crop, we've kicked off the year with an exciting and impactful line-up of marketing programs that I'm certain consumers across the country will love."

The IPC announced in early September a six-year sponsorship of the Boise State University (BSU) and University of Idaho (UI) football teams making Idaho's famous potatoes the "official team tater" and giving Idaho® potatoes a significant presence in both Bronco Stadium and the Kibbie Dome. Click here for more information. In keeping with the football spirit, the IPC launched a microsite that football and Idaho® potato fans alike will have fun visiting throughout the season.

Below are highlights and links to pages on the IPC's new "Football Fun with Idaho® Potatoes" microsite.

Party Perfect Recipes
From Drop Kick Idaho® Potato Dip to Block and Tackle Idaho® Potato Casserole, the IPC's new fall recipe collection showcases the strength of America's favorite potato – its versatility, affordability and convenience. Click here to view the recipes…

Tailgating Tips
Click here for a complete list of Tailgating Tips… the who, what, when, where, why and how on throwing the best football bash at the stadium.

Win the "Ultimate Idaho® Potato Bowl Party"
Enter the "Ultimate Idaho® Potato Bowl Party" Sweepstakes and you could win a 50" plasma HD television and a catered bowl party for up to 25 guests. A prize value worth $4,000! Click here for more information…

Spuddy Buddy – Every Team's Mascot
The IPC's mascot is ready to help you cheer on your favorite football team. Click here for details…

Photo Gallery
The IPC wants to see your football party spread. Click here to upload your photo and view others…

Idaho® Potatoes – All You Need to Know
Click here for Interesting facts and stats on America's favorite vegetable.