- Associated Press - Friday, November 18, 2016

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (AP) - Out with the old, in with the tubers.

The Maine Potato Board says a new variety of potato will be available to consumers at the upcoming Maine Harvest Festival in Bangor.

The new potato is called the Caribou Russet and it was first announced last spring. The potato board says the commercial seed has been developed, planted and harvested, and the first crop is being made widely available on Saturday and Sunday.

The sixth annual Maine Harvest Festival is scheduled to take place on those days at Cross Insurance Arena. The event is presented by the potato board and also includes 150 vendors, contests and demonstrations.

Potato board executive director Don Flannery says the new spud has a rich flavor and is good for baking, mashing or grilling.

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