Miss Russet leads off Spud Day activities

Missionaries Elder Lawlor and Elder Gish were pulled into the spud mash during the Spud Tug during last year's Spud Day. This year's Spud Day is Saturday, Sept. 16; the Spud Tug begins at 3 p.m. that same day.
Staff Writer

The 89th edition of Spud Day in Shelley begins today, Wednesday, Sept. 13, with the Miss Russet Pageant. The pageant competition begins at 7 p.m. in the Idaho Falls Civic Auditorium.
Miss Russet 2016-17 Alicent Ackerman will turn her crown over to one of the twelve Shelley High School juniors who are vying for this title.
The twelve young ladies competing are: Nicole Butler, Mikayla Covert, Katelyn Elizondo, Amber Hale, Reagan Hall, Lyndey Higham, Rachel Houghton, Shelby Johnson, Kelli Kerner, Daycia Lee, Madisyn Trosper and Erica Wardell.
Spud Day is known for its Spud Tug that begins at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16. There are two divisions—youth and adults. Teams can weigh no more 1,000 pounds. They square of against each other over a mash pit of spuds.
Miss Russet flavors the spuds with a bit of butter, salt and pepper to start the competition.
For the complete schedule, visit the City of Shelley website.
To read the complete story, see it in the Wednesday, Sept. 13, edition of the Morning News.