Buddy Madrin competes in the potato peeling contest at this year's NC Potato Festival, Saturday, May 18.
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Thomas J. Turney

Buddy Madrin competes in the potato peeling contest at this year's NC Potato Festival, Saturday, May 18.

Potato peeling, Miss Tater Tot winners named

From Staff Reports

The Daily Advance

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Cheryl Banks was feeling quite awesome moments after receiving the trophy recognizing her as the nation’s No. 1 peeler of spuds at the N.C. Potato Festival earlier today.

Banks, a social worker at Albemarle Home Care and Hospice, was part of the nonprofit local agency’s potato peeling team, which also received first place team honors in the competition, held on South Poindexter Street. “I’m just glad that we could all come together as a team,” Banks said.

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Banks, 46, has been peeling potatoes since she was about 8 years old. She has been participating in the annual event for at least a decade and she said she has taken home the first place trophy at least three times in the past as a member of other teams.

Banks said she was a bit stunned by today’s honor “because there’s some really good peelers out here.”

Banks and her fellow Albemarle Home Care and Hospice team members weren’t the only ones to receive first place honors at the event.

At Mariners’ Wharf Park, Mattie Hasenauer, 6, was crowned Miss Tater Tot for 2014.

The youngster, when asked her reaction afterward, said, “I feel really good because this is going to be my third trophy,” with the other trophies being from playing T-ball.

As for the crown, she said, “I like it.”