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Man who raised $55K for potato salad throws party

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    Zack Brown, the man behind the potato salad Kickstarter campaign, threw a potato salad party in Columbus featuring bands, food trucks, beer vendors, potato-sack races and definitely potato salad. (AP)

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    Homage employees sell shirts reading "Peace Love & Potato Salad" at PotatoStock, (AP)

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    Piada Italian Street Food server Cuong Do portions out potato salad during PotatoStock, (AP)

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    A new recipe for potato salad by Piada Italian Street Food chefs Mike Bomberger and Jorge Martinez at PotatoStock, (AP)

An Ohio man who raised $55,000 in a joking crowdfunding appeal to pay for his first attempt at making potato salad threw a huge public party Saturday that promised "peace, love and potato salad."

PotatoStock 2014 was held in downtown Columbus and featured bands, food trucks, beer vendors and, yes, plenty of potato salad. With more than 3,000 pounds of potatoes, the charity-minded party was open to people of all ages.

Zack Brown had jokingly sought $10 on Kickstarter in July to buy potato salad ingredients, but his mission drew global attention and earned tens of thousands of dollars.

The Idaho Potato Commission and corporate sponsors donated potato salad supplies for the party.

Brown is partnering with the Columbus Foundation to support charities that fight hunger and homelessness. The account started with $20,000 in post-campaign corporate donations and will grow after proceeds from PotatoStock are added.

"His fund will have potential way after this potato salad is forgotten," Lisa Jolley, the foundation's director of donors and development, told The Columbus Dispatch.

Brown told the newspaper that he intends to "do the most good that I can."