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Tater time fun for tots and grown-ups


FrenchFryFeed2This year marks the 53rd Anniversary of a SimplyGrand tradition known as Potato Bowl USA.  The week of September 18-22 will be filled with entertaining events centering on our region’s most popular staple crop.  Expect tons of tasty food including a potato pancake breakfast, baked potato bars and of course, the World’s Largest French Fry Feed & Fireworks display.


Friday offers up a great time for the little ones at the Get Wet & Run Wild! Kids Fun Run and some adult cheer that night during a “Rockin’ the Forks” party, in Town Square, featuring live music, food and beverages. The festivities culminate on Saturday with a parade, tailgate party and University of North Dakota football game.


Make sure to bring the whole family out to one of North Dakota’s best and tastiest celebrations…when the chips are down, count on Potato Bowl USA to offer up the most spudtacular time around!



Tuesday, September 18

  • Potato Bowl PLINKO Contest begins – Register at any local Hugo’s Family Marketplace

Wednesday, September 19

  • Potato Bowl Golf Scramble – 11 AM at Valley Golf Course

Thursday, September 20

  • Baked Potato Bar – 11 AM to 1:30 PM at all local Hugo’s locations
  • World’s Largest French Fry Feed (FREE FRIES courtesy of JR Simplot, food/soda concessions, inflatable games, French fry eating contest, live music, meet the UND athletes) – Beginning at 4 PM in University Park
  • Fireworks Display – Dusk at UND Memorial Stadium

Friday, September 21

  • Baked Potato Bar – 11 AM to 1:30 PM at all Hugo’s locations
  • UND Fan Luncheon – 11:30 AM at Alerus Center
  • Get Wet & Run Wild! Kids Fun Run – 4 PM (registration) at Choice Health & Fitness
  • KEM Shrine Rockin’ the Forks with Blind Joe and 32 Below – 6 to 11 PM at Town Square

UNDFootballAlerusCenterInsideSaturday, September 22

  • Rotary Club Pancake Breakfast – 7:30 to 10:30 AM at Central High School
  • Sons of Norway Potato Pancake Breakfast – 7:30 AM to 1 PM at 1401 9th Avenue South
  • KEM Shrine Potato Bowl & UND Homecoming Parade – 10 AM down DeMers Avenue
  • Tailgating Party – 1:30 to 4 PM in Alerus Center parking lot
  • 53rd Annual Potato Bowl Football Game: UND vs. Idaho State – 4 PM kickoff inside Alerus Center


Further information, including an entire schedule of events and parade route map, may be found at


Information about all #SimplyGrand events may be found at or by following Visit Grand Forks on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram.



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