Fry Day

J.R. Simplot Co. fried up a big batch of free french fries on Friday, July 13, 2018, for National French Fry Day in downtown Boise.

Free fries on National French Fry Day? Why not? On Friday, J.R. Simplot Co. will fire up its giant fryer for its third annual Free Fry Day at JUMP in downtown Boise, running from 4-7 p.m. The event will also include free slider hamburgers offered by Simplot’s sister company, C.S. Beef; music from Boise Rock School; and the awards ceremony of the Chrono Kristin Armstrong time-trial race, kicking off this weekend’s Twilight Criterium.

Attendees are asked to bring donations to the Idaho Food Bank; anyone donating $15 or more will receive a commemorative “Frydaho” T-shirt. Cyclists from the Criterium and the Chrono time trials will be on hand to sign autographs for fans.

Last year, 1,500 pounds of free fries were served to more than 4,000 attendees, and the FoodBank raised enough to provide more than 38,000 meals to Idahoans in need.

It’s not the only celebration marking the event, the Boise Weekly reports; others include the 2nd annual Lamb Weston National French Fry Day event on Saturday in Meridian, where from noon to 4 p.m. at the Albertson’s Market Street, fry-lovers can sample various styles of fries including waffle fries with a $5 suggested donation and “I Love Fries” T-shirts available. Several local eateries also will be offering fry specials.

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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