New festival in Ontario will honor the Tater Tot

Freshly fried Tater Tots from Mal's Diner in Vale. (The Enterprise/Joe Siess)

ONTARIO – An iconic potato product – the tot – will get the spotlight at a new event in Ontario.

In 1952, two industrious brothers, Nephi and Golden Grigg, mortgaged their homes to raise enough money to bid for a decrepit frozen food factory in Ontario. The brothers and their investors, with a bid of $500,000, became the new owners of a factory that Nephi Grigg described in his 1985 memoir as having sand blown up against the doors that “was so deep, it was actually spilling through the keyholes.”

Little did the brothers know that their newly established and humble operation would evolve into the frozen food processing giant known as Ore-Ida.

The Grigg brothers also invented one of American’s most iconic . . .