After the ceremony, a luncheon was enjoyed by all, catered by the now defunct Granite State Potato Chip Company of Salem.
“The potato shrine of Derry remained standing for the next 30 years,” Holmes said. “Eventually, it fell over and was never righted and has since been lost.”
A state historical marker standing in East Derry does give credit to the town for the first potato grown in America.
O’Connor told students the potato bill would have to be approved by both the state House and Senate before heading to the governor’s desk for a final signature.
Then, it would be official.
“I’m really excited to do this,” O’Connor said. “And once it’s done, we’ll have french fries.”
Lindsey Devoe, 9, said she loves to eat potatoes and the designation would be good.
“I think it’s very cool,” she said.
Kiley Coupal, 9, also supports making the potato New Hampshire’s state vegetable.
“My favorite way to eat them is mashed,” she said.
Derry Village students were scheduled to visit O’Connor at the Statehouse this week to learn more about laws and how they are made.
Students in Derry traditionally visit Concord as part of their studies on state government.