Giving away the original 6-ton replica Russet Burbank that once toured the nation on its Great Big Idaho Potato Truck, is for sure paying major dividends for the Idaho Potato Commission, according to Frank Muir, president and CEO of the organization.
Kristie Wolfe, a Century High School dropout who spent two years traveling with the iconic truck as a member of its “Tater Team,” has converted the oversized tuber into a miniature home, available for rent on Airbnb.
Media outlets and TV programs throughout the world have publicized Wolfe’s Boise-based Big Idaho Potato Hotel, which will welcome its first guests later this month but has already booked more than 100 reservations.
The Potato Commission considered donating the spud to a museum but ultimately opted to give it to Wolfe, who made it into her fourth creative, miniature home listed on Airbnb.
“This is like the United Nations of potatoes,” Muir said. “That everyone would be interested in a 6-ton Idaho potato hotel is pretty cool.”