[Flickr: Extreme Craft]

Because we really don't have enough diorama coverage on Serious Eats, check out this mermaid spud (mer-spud?) in a box from the annual Decorated Potato Contest at the Humboldt County Fair in California. Garth Johnson of the blog Extreme Craft shares photos of the starchy entries on his Flickr page. Since 1896, the whole county has come together with toothpicks and glue—and as crafting technology has advanced in recent years, googly eyes—for the event. The categories are divided by age of the potato dioramist and number of potatoes used. [via Craftzine]

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