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US: Idaho Potato Museum in Blackfoot Inducts Four Into Hall of Fame

The potato is an important part of the Idaho economy. Wednesday night, the Idaho Potato Museum in Blackfoot inducted four people into it's Hall of Fame who have been instrumental in the industry.

Most people in America know Idaho to be famous for its potatoes, but how many people here in our area know that Bingham County in particular is the biggest potato producer in the world? The potato museum honored four people who helped make Blackfoot the "Potato Capital of the World."

Frank Fullmer and Sim Johnston have both passed away, but their families accepted their awards. Both were instrumental in the industry more than 50 years ago. Johnston brought 28 miles of sprinkler pipe to irrigate the high desert, and both men farmed thousands of acres.

Albert Wada and Chris Abend were also honored. Abend is a farmer, shipper, processor dehydrator, frozen producer, and markets product for the industry. He says he's honored to represent his company, and be recognized with legends of our state's world leading industry.

Chris Abend: "It's amazing, when I was called and told this would happen I really didn't believe it, it's a real honor in particular to go in with this group of men who have been so instrumental in the industry over so many years."

The museum says at least 30 bus loads of tourists from around the country are set this summer to visit the "Potato Capital of the World."


Publication date: 3/21/2008


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