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New Castle. DE- The Big Idaho Potato Truck will make a stop at William Penn High School (WPHS) Wednesday, April 26, 2017 from 9-12 p.m., but that’s not all! Lacy and Boots will make their public debut too! Lacy and Boots are five-year old goats who will join turkeys, hens, and bees already at WPHS or on the adjacent student-run portion of Penn Farm located at 807 Frenchtown Road, New Castle, DE., 19720.

Why goats? WPHS students plan to breed the goats, harvest their milk for cheese or soap, and show the animals at the Delaware State Fair. All of the animals and the bees support WPHS’s Animal Science and Agribusiness programs. Students learn how to care for the livestock and insects along with learning how to manage the business side of agriculture by selling honey, eggs, chicken, goat milk, and soap; the food products are used by WPHS’s Culinary Arts students and Colonial’s cafeterias.

 Lacy and Boots will be released into their new pasture on Penn Farm at 11:00 a.m.

  Why a giant Idaho potato? The Big Idaho Potato Truck is on its SIXTH cross-country journey! It began in 2012 as a one-year campaign to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Idaho Potato Commission and became quickly apparent with its success that it would be more than a one-year occurrence; it literally became a big piece of pop-culture. It travels the country promoting the certified heart-healthy Idaho Potato and its mission to help small charities in towns and cities with its A Big Helping program. Of course, people also just want to have their picture taken with a 6-Ton Idaho potato!

Students will have an opportunity to see the Big Idaho Potato Truck before enjoying lunch that will include a full potato bar with fixings ranging from broccoli and cheese to chili. Lunch times are as follows:

  • 11:07-11:37 a.m.
  • 11:37-12:07 p.m.
  • 12:07-12:37 p.m.

The Big Idaho Potato Truck and the addition of new animals support WPHS’s award-winning farm-to-school agriculture program. WPHS is located at 713 E. Basin Rd., New Castle, DE, 19720.