By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Aug 02, 2013 at 12:40 PM

For the second year in a row, I lost the no-hands, baked potato-eating contest at the Wisconsin State Fair. WTMJ’s Brian Gotter cleaned up. However, I did a lot better this year and got more than just cheese in my nostrils from the experience.

First of all, I cannot believe how many people are interested in watching a potato-eating contest. The event was packed. But best of all, almost everyone was smiling. While I sat on the stage, I looked out at the sea of faces that ranged from amused to enthralled and felt more affirmation than most adults get in a year much less a five-minute time period. It’s pretty awesome.

After the "celebrity" contest, six people from the audience competed as well. This was where the real learning happened for me.  As a witness to the gross hilarity of it all, I was able to observe others’ technique. Obviously, I can’t do this when my face is planted in a spud.

I watched Daniel, the winner of the audience contest, and I was enlightened by his technique. He became my Mr. Miyagi of the competitive eating world.

Instead of doing the aforementioned face-plant smack dab in the tater, Daniel ate some of the top part of the open-faced potato and then picked up one side with his teeth and ate it in a vertical fashion like one might hork a hot dog without use of their hands.

He also did not take time to drink water until the end.

I learned a few other things from watching the contest, but I’m not sharing everything because I plan to (s)mash the competition next year.

Hear that, Gotter?

Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.

Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.