Sweet potatoes have been around since the prehistoric times and some scientists believe that dinosaurs might have eaten these delicious vegetables. They have been cultivated in the United States for centuries and North Carolina leads all other states in sweet potato production, producing about 40 percent of the national supply.
To promote good nutrition and celebrate National Sweet Potato Month in February, the Lilesville Elementary School Cafeteria hosted a sweet potato decorating contest. Classrooms were provided a sweet potato, the Official Vegetable of the State of North Carolina and contest rules. Categories included best decorated, most unusual, and looks most like an animal.