Sam’s Potatoes is hoping to hop into the record books on August 11 next, when it attempts to set the world record for the largest ever potato sack race at this year’s Tullamore Show.
The company has teamed up with potato.ie for the event ahead of National Potato Day on August 23.
The current world record for the largest sack race stands at 2,095 competitors in an event involving pupils from Agnieton College and primary school pupils from Zwolle, Wezep and Hattem on October 11, 2002 in Zwolle, Netherlands.
With an expected crowd of over 60,000 at this year’s Tullamore Show, Sam’s Potatoes is hoping they can smash this record on the day.
Sales and marketing manager with Sam’s Potatoes Sam Dennigan Jr reckons Tullamore Show patrons will be well qualified to take part.
"The potato sack race is a school sport’s day staple and we think nearly everyone in Ireland has taken part in one at some point in their lives,” he said.
“So we thought it would be a great way to honour the famous tuber ahead of National Potato Day on August 23. We would urge everyone to come down, relive their school days and get involved in what is sure to be a fun family day out. We’ll also be handing out lots of free goodies on the day.”
The record attempt will begin at 3pm next to the two main walkways into Tullamore Show, adjacent to the equine section.
Participants can register online in advance at www.nationalpotatoday2013.ie and from 2pm at the event.