Our live-large region has seen some fairly large and fairly unlikely things pull into town, things that happen to be sitting atop a set of wheels.
We're sort of used to it, as SoCalers. After all, twinkly floats parade down Disneyland's Main Street each night, and flower-covered behemoths roll down Colorado Boulevard on New Year's Day (cheers, Rose Parade).
But the last few years have seen a possible uptick in odd items on the go. There have been famous scientific and artistic objects rolling down our roads -- we're sending a respectful greeting in your direction, Space Shuttle Endeavour, and to you, too, LACMA's Levitated Mass -- and there've been the offbeat, like recent hellos from the Casper Nap Tour trailer, the Holiday Inn Pancake Selfie Express, and the iconic Oscar Mayer Wienermobile.
What to do, where to go and what to see
Next up? A supernaturally sizable spud, one that's attached to a titan of a truck. It's the Big Idaho Potato, and it is part of The Famous Idaho Potato Tour, a tour that's making a stop in Agoura Hills on Saturday, March 19.
Yes, that is the date of the Dole Great Race of Agoura Hills, a hill-rolly, pleasant-of-terrain ramble through some of the chappareliest country this side of the Pacific Ocean. Several events dot the major run, and after-happening, so if you're participating, or cheering someone on, get the lowdown.
And get the 411 on the mondo potato, just in case you see it cooking down the 101 ahead of the race or post-finish line. If you miss the tuber on the 19th, it'll make for Cathedral City in the days following, and then Los Angeles proper.
Which means you could be at a stoplight, waiting for the green, only to see a mega-tater to your right. Will the people back at the office believe you, though, once you've told them about the wonder you beheld?
Well, when a six-ton potato comes to town, word travels rather quickly. The tour HQ also says this fascinating factoid: If you wanted to cook the truck potato, it would take you two years and nine months. As for how many French fries it would make? An easy mil and a half.
Will French fry sales go up wherever it toodles around town? Those who see it may get a hankering for something that's fried and covered in ketchup.