We were pretty skeptical this summer when Zach “Danger” Brown’s tubular Kickstarter proposal to make potato salad (Description: “Basically I’m just making potato salad. I haven’t decided what kind yet.”) raised over $55,000, far outstripping his original goal of $10. With quite literally an infinite number of worthier causes, the zeitgeist-chasing Internet chose to throw its hard-earned cash not to a clean water initiative or a hospital for sick puppies, but to a guy in Ohio who needed some yellow tubers and mayonnaise.
So imagine our surprise when Brown delivered in a big way this weekend with PotatoStock, an outdoor festival in Cleveland that not only provided festivalgoers with plenty of potato salad (over 3,000 pounds worth, according to the Associated Press) but also raised over $20,000 via corporate donations in support of local hunger and homelessness initiatives. Brown also said he plans to use some of the donations to start a website for other funny content, so don’t be surprised if next week’s big story is about the Internet raising half a million dollars for some homemade guacamole.
Click through our gallery to check out some of the best photos from PotatoStock 2014.