Crowd-sourcing leads to big potato salad party

Courtesy Zack Brown

A central Ohio man whose crowd-sourcing effort generated more than $55,000 to make potato salad is making good on his promise to throw a huge public party.

Zack Brown initially sought $10 to buy potato salad ingredients on the crowd-sourcing website Kickstarter. The effort took on a life of its own and attracted worldwide attention as the amount grew.

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Now Brown is planning PotatoStock 2014, an all-ages, charity-minded party Saturday in downtown Columbus featuring bands, food trucks, beer vendors, potato-sack races and definitely potato salad.

The Idaho Potato Commission and corporate sponsors have donated supplies for Brown and volunteers to whip up 300 pounds of potato salad for the event.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Brown used some of the money to aid charities fighting hunger and homelessness.