Cooking Competition

Put your cooking skills to the test! A panel of judges will select the best tater tot dishes to compete during the festival for Treasure Valley Tot bragging rights! Winner will receive an engraved traveling trophy. Preliminaries: July 31st @ 1pm at the Malheur County Fair; Finalists: 9/18/2021. With a taste test of the five finalists, the winner will be chosen by festival attendees on September 18th, 2021. See application for details. There will also be a limited supply of samples that will go on sale at 11:30am. 

Competition Finalist:

Shannon Armstrong – Steak Bomb Tot Waffles

Ryan Hart – Jalapeño Popper Tot Casserole

Debora Griffin – Totchos 

Sarah Speakman – Twice Baked Tot Cups 

Margaret Keithley – Breakfast Biscuits

Kristin Sutton – Ranch Tots


Eating Contest

Do you like eating tater tots? Have you ever wondered how many you can eat on stage, in front of an audience, in two minutes, with 1st place on the line? Then this competition is for you! Registration details to be announced soon. 

Carnival Boardwalk

Looking for a fun place to eat your tots? We’ve got it! The Tater Tot Festival is complete with a carnival boardwalk full of games to test your skills and win prizes. Drinks are available, and there will be live music.

Live Music

S Oregon Street off of SW 3rd Ave will be the main hub for music and entertainment. Live acts will perform throughout the festival, and there will be room for dancing to the live music.

Live Music Lineups

Friday September 17, 2021

4:00pm – 5:00pm: House Music

5:00pm – 6:15pm: Zach Quintana

6:30pm – 7:00pm: Announce contestants for cooking contest and to sign ups for the tasting on Saturday

7:15pm – 9:00pm: RJ McGinnis Band

Saturday September 18, 2021

11:00am – 11:30am: House Music

11:30am – 1:00pm: Cooking Contest Tasting

1:15 pm – 2:30 pm: Brett Reid 

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm: Eating Contest 

3:15 pm – 3:45 pm: Announce winners/trophies/speeches

4:00 pm – 5:15 pm: Shon Saunders

5:30 pm – 6:45 pm: Jerry and the Dreambenders 

6:45 pm – 7:00 pm: Announcements 

7:15 pm – 9:00 pm: Jukebox

Thank You To Our Sponsors!


Left Handed Face Painting

The Go Agency

Boys and Girls Club

Oscar Mayer Weiner Mobile

Health Families Eastern Oregon

Life & Other Doodles

Promised Pastures

New Life Baptist Church

Ontario Feral Cat Project

Redneck Woodies

Damsel in Defense

Bath Fitter Idaho

Dessert by Design

Mountain Tie-Dye by Slip Designs


Crepes + Cream



Okie Tacos

Rogue Credit Union

Horde’s Haven Crafts

Revitalize Ontario

The Gemini Talks: Nutrition Oregon

Country Corner

Korny Kettle

Elevation 2150

T Mobile 


Willow Creek Blooms

Rusty Dog

Align Botanicals

Treasure Valley Children’s Relief Nursery 

Emily’s Dress Up