In the fall, millions of kids across the United States will learn about the exciting world of Idaho potatoes. "Awesome Adventures," an award-winning weekly syndicated television series, takes kids ages 13-16 on incredible journeys around the world -- and Boise, ID, was their latest adventure destination.
The television crew, celebrity host Mystro Clark and two local Idaho teens kicked off their adventure at a potato storage shed in Wilder, ID. Doug Gross, a third-generation potato grower and shed owner, explained the growing, harvesting and storage process to the energetic crew, who then literally jumped on a mountain of potatoes to fill their bags with the best potatoes they could find. With potatoes in hand, they arrived at Brick 29 Bistro in Nampa, ID, to turn their tubers into Jo-Jos - crispy potato wedges lightly battered and fried.
"It was a thrill for Idaho potatoes to be featured in this high-quality educational program," Frank Muir, president and chief executive officer of the Idaho Potato Commission, said in a press release. "My hope is that kids who watch the program will be amazed by and appreciate all the steps it takes to get potatoes from the farm to their dinner plates."
The educational and highly entertaining TV show finds local teenagers to help host the program and add personal perspectives. Jenna Thompson (17) from Mountain Home Senior High School and Joey Eades (18) from Boise were the local stars. During their week-long whirlwind tour, they visited Opera Idaho and learned to sing "Don Giovanni" by Mozart, learned to Nordic ski and snowblade at Idaho's Bogus Basin, participated in mascot training with "Rumble" of the Idaho Stampede basketball team, visited "Winter Garden Aglow" at the Idaho Botanical Garden, relaxed at the Gold Fork Hot Springs, and took an elk feeding tour.
"Awesome Adventures" has won numerous awards including a gold medal from the National Association of Parenting Publications, honors from the Dove Foundation and the Parent's Guide to Children's Media, a Parents' Choice Award, and the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania rated the Federal Communications Commission-friendly show highly educational.