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The famous cream puff.
The famous cream puff.
Taking the plunge.
Taking the plunge.
For a first timer, not so bad.
For a first timer, not so bad.
And the crowd roared!
And the crowd roared!

Cream puff Olympics!

I took the invite as a rite of passage for those here at OnMilwaukee.com - tackle the annual cream puff eating contest at the Wisconsin State Fair.

I've had one cream puff, ever, and that was a few weeks ago. I think I tried to "speed eat" something back in grade school, but I'm not really sure.

So, it was going to be a wholly new experience. I was told the crowd would be pretty good - which I didn't believe - but sure enough the fans were out to watch a bunch of us jam our faces into these delicious puffs.

I was hoping to go all Hulk Hogan "I'm a real American" on those puffs, based off the crowd's energy, but I couldn't hear the cheers - probably because I couldn't help from laughing after hearing one of my competitors say it was coming out of their nose.

But, I gave it a good go and had a lot of fun.

Which brings me to this ridiculous Wall Street Journal blog that said Milwaukee should host an Olympic  games because the ratings for the start of the London Summer Games here were through the roof.

Faulty premise to begin with, but then of course it descended into how The Racing Sausages would be the mascots and fans would be given cheeseheads.

You can be cute and funny with these things and it'll go over - if you're actually cute and actually funny. Predictability accomplishes nothing. It's Wisconsin! Race a sausage. Wear a cheesehead. Let the belly laughs commence.

I would've taken that thing way more seriously if they included eating cream puffs, though. Because if I learned anything today, it was that eating three of those is indeed, a sport.

 

 

 

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