Potato Picking Contest was the event that started the whole festival
in 1938. Today, the Potato Picking Contest has both the highest
stakes ($250 for first prize) and continues to attract people from
miles around. The contest, as tradition has it, will start at 9:30
AM on Saturday at the sound of a whistle whether rain or shine.
For the older generation who remember picking potatoes by hand,
it's fun to marvel at the speed and skill of the pickers. For the
younger generation, it's a chance to see what back-breaking work
is all about!
The field is located 1 block south of McGrath
Park, watch for the signs.
The rules for today's Potato Picking Contest continue to be the
same rules as those that were used in 1938 when Barnesville was
the site of the National Potato Picking Contest. However, all participants must be 14 or older. Any competitors under age 18 must have a signed registration form by a parent or guardian. For complete
rules, continue here. Complete List of Rules
All contestants, young and old, guy or gal, will compete for a
total of $510 in prizes!
HOW TO ENTER
There is no entry fee to enter the contest. Pickers may choose
to bring their own baskets or baskets will be available at the
event. Registration will be limited to the first 12 entrants.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Contact Potato Picking Chairman Susie Thompson (701-412-3422)
or the Spudline at (800) 525-4901.