A staple of the American diet for more than 200 years and the Number #1 vegetable crop in the United States, potatoes are considered a comfort food for many people and they are a good source of Vitamin B6, Vitamin C., copper, magnesium, potassium and dietary fiber. Clevelanders now have the chance to sing the praises of the mighty potato when they attend the 40th annual Mantua Potato Festival in Mantua, Ohio on Friday, September 6, Saturday, September 7 and Sunday, September 8. Mantua is approximately a 47 minute drive from Cleveland.
Mantua Potato Festival Taking place at Buchert Park in Mantua, the Potato Festival will feature a wide variety of foods made from potatoes including some unusual food items like potato doughnuts, potato cookies and potato candy in addition to perogies, bread and pancakes and other familiar forms of potatoes.
The Festival will include several potato eating contests including a potato chip eating contest (Friday), a French Fry eating contest (Saturday) and a mashed potato eating contest (Sunday).
Saturday's activities also include a Potato Festival Bake-Off with prizes awarded.
Additional Festival activities include a Potato Sack Race, a parade (Sunday), a corn hole tournament, balloon art for the kids, amusement rides and the annual Potato Stomp Race.
There will be plenty of live entertainment provided by various musical groups and an appearance by Cleveland TV personalities "Big Chuck" and "Little John".
Hours for the Mantua Potato Festival are 6 p.m. - 11 p.m. on Friday, noon - midnight on Saturday and 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free.
For more information about the Festival call 330-274-0770 or get online at www.mantuapotatofestival.com.
Buchert Park (site of the Mantua Potato Festival) is located at E. High Street in Mantua. Mantua is 38 miles from Cleveland and it is approximately a 47 minute drive.