Guy Who Crowdfunded $55,000 To Make Potato Salad Is Throwing A Huge Potato Party For Charity

Back when the guy known now as Kickstarter Potato Salad Guy raised about $55,000 for his first-ever attempt at making potato salad, everyone was wondering how in the heck you could possibly make that much potato salad to fulfill rewards for his backers. And now he’s got the answer — he’s going to throw a massive potato party, complete with potato sack races, food vendors and yes, potato salad, all for charity.

Now that he’s gone way past the $10 he sought in crowdfunding, Potato Salad Guy is planning PotatoStock 2014, which will include music, games and food, all with charity in mind, reports the Associated Press.

Sponsors like the Idaho Potato Commission have jumped on board to donate supplies for him and volunteers, so they can make 300 pounds of potato salad to serve at the festivities.

The Ohioan has also teamed up with the Columbus Foundation to start an endowment to aid charities in Columbus that fight hunger and homelessness, reports the Columbus Dispatch, starting with $20,000 in post-campaign corporate donations.

Money from PotatoStock will be added to that as well.

“His fund will have potential way after this potato salad is forgotten,” said the foundation’s director of donors and development.

As for why his quest for potato salad was so popular? It’s just one of those mysteries in the weird, interconnected world we live in, said a Kickstarter spokesman.

“You never know what’s going to take off,” he explained. “This was just the Internet being the Internet.”

Man who raised $55K is throwing potato salad party [The Associated Press]
Face of potato-salad campaign on Kickstarter poised to deliver on public party [The Columbus Dispatch]

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