“Out There…Somewhere”: Big Sweet Potato Border Battle

Photo of 5-pound sweet potato that Joseph Doyle dug out of the ground at his farm "Out There...Somewhere" in Hephzibah, Georgia.
Photo of 5-pound sweet potato that Joseph Doyle dug out of the ground at his farm "Out There...Somewhere" in Hephzibah, Georgia.

Augusta, GA (WJBF) – Out at Joseph Doyle’s farm in Hephzibah, Georgia there are some super sweet potatoes, but one “tater” really tipped the scales.

“Five pounds,” said Joseph. “It’s a monster,” we commented. He agreed by saying “Correct!”

At 5 pounds, it’s certainly a big sweet potato, but this one is now in the middle of a sweet potato border battle.

In Beech Island, South Carolina another sweet potato was taken from the ground that was awe inspiring.

“When I saw that sweet potato, I said ‘what in the world is this?’ I pulled a little harder and it looked like it got a little bigger, and a little bigger. I said…what I said, ‘looka here, looka here,’” said Rosa Bingham.

Rosa was impressed, but in Hephzibah, they have a 5-pounder.

“Who wins?” we asked Rosa. “I win because mine was 5 pounds and 2 ounces,” she answered.

“I believe she’s a liar,” said Joseph, with a hardy laugh.

The reason for that is…in Hephzibah, the 5-pounder is on the table.

Rosa called me about her 5-pound, 2-ouncer two weeks ago, however, it’s now been cut up and put on ice.

“Yours is in the freezer, now. Does that still qualify?” we asked Rosa. “I don’t know if that qualifies, or not, but y’all was late,” she said, which is true..

There’s no doubt this “tater tussle” is sweet, but they’re not really rivals…more like sweet potato compatriots.

“I would love to meet him, said Rosa. “Two sweet potato people coming together, but who has the biggest sweet potato?” we asked. “Me,” she said.

Tthis might never end till next season…”Out There…Somewhere”.

If you have an idea for George Eskola to take a look at in an “Out There…Somewhere” segment, email him at GEskola@WJBF.com.

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