Celebrating the spud, in all its forms

Wrestling in mashed potatoes
Competitors wrestle in a pool of mashed potatoes during Potato Days in Barnesville, Minn., on Friday.
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Since it began in 1938, Potato Days in Barnesville, Minn., is the annual celebration of the spud. The two-day event, held Aug. 22 and 23 this year, attracted thousands of people, and featured more than a dozen potato-centered competitions -- everything from mashed potato wrestling to a strongman contest.

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