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World-famous Idaho potato icon imprisoned in Mexico

The world renowned symbol of Idaho potatoes, Spuddy buddy, was involved in a frightening series of events, news of which was recently released by Mexican authorities.

Entering the country to participate in an Idaho trade mission, Spuddy was captured attempting to cross the border. While there is some question whether he actually meant to impersonate a papas blanco, it has been verified that his paperwork was not complete. Though treated compassionately, Spuddy was immediately taken into custody and transported to prison.


Spuddy Buddy and Governor Dirk Kempthorne pose with cooking class attendees at the Soriana Market in Mexico

News of Spuddy’s incarceration spread like wildfire through The American Intelligence community And negotiations ensued. High ranking US officials, including the Idaho governor, agricultural trade officials and maximum Security individuals (who remain anonymous for their own protection), were involved in the delicate discussions.

Ultimately the internationally famous symbol of the world’s top-selling potato was granted a 48-hour “pass” into Mexico. Spuddy was quickly whisked away and rejoined his American compatriots.

Safe and sound, back on home soil, Spuddy Buddy is welcomed by Congressman Butch Otter and IPC’s President Frank Muir.

Nimbly recovering from his incarceration, Spuddy stepped up to the plate and resumed his ambassadorial role for Idaho potatoes. He was the hit of a cooking show that was staged to show off Idaho’s finest ingredients and his south of the border groupies were ecstatic to receive mini-plush versions of himself.

Carefully attending to the 48 hour “deal” his munificent benefactors arranged, Spuddy returned to his home country after wowing his new found amigos for two days. He vowed to return to his second favourite country soon to visit with his fans, make a pilgrimage to the site of his incarceration, and to show how a real Idaho potato should be cooked.


Spuddy Buddy poses with President Bush at the Tamarack Resort. Also pictured (from left to right) are Senator Larry Craig, Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson, Senator Mike Crapo and Congressman Butch Otter. Perhaps it was this encounter with the President that moved negotiations in Mexico along so quickly!