For the past three years, I participated in the cheesy baked potato eating contest at the Wisconsin State Fair. This year, I decided to switch it up and try the cream puff eating contest instead.
I did a much better job horking down pastries than a potato, but alas, I did not win. I tried to channel the spirit of competitive-eating maniac Molly Schuyler, but that didn't quite work.
For the second year in a row, Admirals marketing director Heather Wojciechowski DeCaire won the celebrity cream puff eating contest. When asked what her secret was she replied, "It's all in the mind."
This year, the contest was between 12 local media folks and we were presented with 18 cream puffs (they were smaller than the standard cream puff) and given 90 seconds to finish. Without using our hands.
No one actually finished all 18, but DeCaire was the closest and so she took the trophy home.
It's not everyday one plants their face in a dozen-and-a-half cream puffs and so, even though I didn't win, I consider it a small victory to my commitment to live a wacky life.
I think I might have done better if I were also given a beer to wash down the puffs, but I am satisfied with my performance. Now, if only I could get all of the cream out of my nostrils...
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.