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UPDATE: Tasting available as Tater Tot Festival to roll into Ontario this weekend

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

UPDATE: Organizers say the event starts Friday at 4 p.m.

ONTARIO – Nearly 70 years after the invention of the Tater Tot and a year later than expected, the first Tater Tot Festival has arrived.

The festival is on Friday, Sept. 17 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 18 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and hosted by Revitalize Ontario and other sponsors. The festival will be in Downtown Historic Ontario, on S Oregon St. and SW 2nd Ave.

Charlotte Fugate, president of Revitalize Ontario, said to expect “lots of fun.”

The side dish proved its versatility in July during the Tater Tot Cooking Competition at the Malheur County Fair, which chose six . . .