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Published August 27, 2011, 06:51 PM

Thousands visit Barnesville for Potato Days

Barnsville, MN (WDAY-TV) Nearly 17,000 tater lovers visit Barnesville every year for the annual Potato Days.

Nearly 17,000 tater lovers visit Barnesville every year for the annual Potato Days. With everything from potato peeling to cookoffs, the event brings in a large crowd year in and year out.

Danielle Miller – Reporting – “Call it "spudtacular”, Potato Days in Barnesville has something for everyone.”

With over 50 unique events, contests, and a very crowded street fair this event brings out people from across the nation to experience the fun.

Some food vendors have been coming for more than 15 years selling something for every taste bud.

Kirsten Anderson – Potato Dumpling Stand - “This booth has been in operation for over ten years probably closer to fifteen twenty.”

Kirsten Anderson's church group have been preparing all week long making their homemade potato dumplings.”

Anderson says her potato dumplings are hard to pass up.

Anderson “I think people come back year after year because it is something that they had back in their childhood from maybe Grandma, Grandpa making them it is quite popular, we used to run out all the time.”

Another church group has been selling their potato sausage lefse for more than 20 years.

They also believe their secret recipe makes people come back every year but also say the weather can also help out sales.

Kathy Askegaard – Potato Sausage Lefse Stand ““If the weather is cool people eat and that when we know we are going to have a good year and today it's going to be cool and so people will eat and that's what we want them to do.”

Even with street vendors selling everything from hats, glasses, to purses it seems what continues to bring people back to Potato Days is their favorite potato inspired foods.

Theresa Olson - “They have to have their potato dumplings, or they have to have their potato soup so they come just for the food.”

So whether people come for the pick them, peel them or fry them. It is clear they all come to eat them.

Potato Days wraps up with the street dance tonight from 9 pm to 1 am.