DERRY — It’s official: The white potato is tops in New Hampshire.
On June 4, Gov. Maggie Hassan signed a bill making the white potato the Granite State’s official vegetable.
The legislation followed a strenuous campaign by local fourth-graders, hoping to give the starchy spud its due at the state level.
Earlier this month, the Senate passed House Bill 535, putting the potato that much closer to becoming the official vegetable.
The bill was sponsored by a group of Derry lawmakers on behalf of Derry Village Elementary School students, who took a personal interest in the fate of the potato legislation.
Rep. John O’Connor, R-Derry, visited the local school in past months to keep students up to date on the potato law. Sen. Jim Rausch, R-Derry, also was a big part in moving the bill through the process.
Derry Village teacher Amy Landry said her students were very excited to be part of the official signing ceremony with the governor. Students at the school had worked on the potato project over a two-year span.
They got the idea at the Statehouse two years ago when they took a tour and a guide told them about another class trying to pass a bill establishing a state color.
Derry students then decided to try to get their own state symbol established and chose the potato.