Holy heartburn: Woman eats all Fair foods on a stick to raise money for charity


A Twin Cities woman has been eating her way through the Minnesota State Fair this year -- eating every type of food there that's served on a stick. It's not because she's a fried food junkie; she's doing it to raise money for charity, WCCO reports.

Her name is Mandy Colten, and over the past 10 days she's worked her way through more than 100 different food items served on a stick, documenting and reviewing every dish on her Fair Food Challenge blog.

She hopes that people who are following her challenge on Twitter, Instagram and her blog will make a donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Colten has a spreadsheet which she uses to keep track of all the items she's eaten. Staying organized is the hardest part of the whole thing, Colten told WCCO.

Colten set up a few rules for herself. The food must be served on a stick, obviously. She'll eat each serving she gets in its entirety, even if she "hates it." And she'll share photos and reviews of each item on social media.

“It turned into something a little bit more than I thought it would. And I just thought any proceeds are going to go to a good cause, helping kids’ dreams come true,” Colten told WCCO.

One of the most challenging food items, she said, has been the jawbreaker on a stick. She had to break it into small pieces to eat it during one visit.

When it's not State Fair time, Colten, 26, says she actually eats a very healthy diet. On her blog, she describes herself as a "dedicated gym goer with a passion for health and fitness," and she's completed two marathons.

Right now, though, Colten told WCCO she estimates she's consuming 5,000-6,000 calories each day. But, she's almost done. She's eaten everything on a stick except for one thing.

"Tomorrow I wrap up my The Great State Fair Food Challenge," she wrote Saturday evening. "I am meeting my family bright and early in the morning, and want to celebrate my last food item (Big Dog Corn Dog) with them by my side. They love me and my strange goals, and I can’t think of a better way to finish this thing."

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