Tater Tot Festival draws crowds to downtown Ontario

Mary Fullmer digs into a breakfast tot biscuit made by Margaret Keithley, which won the Tater Tot cooking contest. (The Enterprise/Liliana Frankel)

ONTARIO – The first annual Tater Tot Festival held by Revitalize Ontario was a success, organizers say, despite its challenges. 

Chief among these was Covid, which delayed the festival’s opening by a year. 

There was also windy weather on the second day of the festival, which forced organizers to shut down about four hours early. 

But organizers were sunny about the festival’s overarching performance, and said the problems, characteristic of a first-time event, would be worked out in future years. 

“People drove for miles to have Tater Tots,” said Charlotte Fugate, president of Revitalize Ontario.

Revitalize Ontario volunteer Emily Olson said she . . .