Potatoes (Sammy & Samantha)
Peter Soehn (Kelowna, BC)
When Built: 1993
To advertise Vauxhall as "THE POTATO CAPITAL OF THE WEST"
There was originally an old sign that advertised Vauxhall as the Potato Capital of the West. It was a 4 x 8 foot sheet of plywood (mounted on two poles) that was cut to look like a potato and called Sammy the Spud (may have also been called Bud the Spud). It was erected in the late 50's and had become very weathered. When a new sign became necessary the Town Council decided Sammy should have a mate - and so Samantha joined Sammy.
Samantha is a Red Potato and Sammy is a White Potato.
Peter Soehn also designed the Gopher in Torrington, Squirt the Skunk in Beiseker, and Pinto MacBean in Bow Island.
Here is a picture of me with the potatoes:
Information Source: Jim Monti, the Town of Vauxhall
Picture Source: DMY and Samson Yee