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Robertson, Australia:

Big Potato up for sale

For those people who have always wanted to own a giant potato: pay attention now.

Heather and Neil Tait from the New South Wales town Robertson have put the land with the iconic potato on it up for sale.

The Taits opened their Family Grocer 27 years ago. 
Heather Tait: "We decided to buy the Big Potato when another grocery shop intended to open up here. They needed to buy the ‘potato’ land and turn it into a carpark." So, Heather and Neil decided to buy the potato to save their business and keep the Big Potato around for the community.

Smh.com reports that now Heather and Neil are both retiring.  "But we won't sell the shop without the potato."

The Big Potato was built around 1975 by Jim Mauger, and is the focal point of the tiny Highlands town. Robertson used to be a strong potato-growing town, and the potato represents that time in history.

Heather and Neil hope the fun and enjoyment of the potato will continue for years to come.  "The town would be devastated if it were ever to be taken down. It's such a ridiculous monument that it's eye-catching and it brings a lot of pleasure to the community."

Publication date: 12/22/2017


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