Steve "The Stick Man" Quick has successfully eaten every food on a stick at the Minnesota State Fair - in one day. Quick, a 46-year-old from Maplewood, managed to eat his way through tens of thousands of calories from nearly 100 vendors, spending hundreds of dollars just to collect dozens of different wooden sticks.
This was his third attempt in as many years. His first attempt was thwarted by the Epiphany Diner serving a pancake-wrapped sausage on a stick only early in the morning. His second attempt ended when he could not finish a 9 inch all-day sucker before the fair closed. This year, neither of those items were for sale, but Quick was surprised by seven vendors selling kabobs for the first time.
His favorite and least favorite foods? "I'm tempted to say my favorite was the first corn dog of the day and least favorite was the twelfth corndog, but the salmon was memorably good and the frozen coffee just seemed wrong." Did he eat anything else? "All that salty food and candy caused me to buy a lot to drink. But I did skip the mini-doughnuts, as tempting as they are."
Quick, a slender man, does not look like a champion eater. "I didn't gain any weight from all the food. I burned off a lot of the calories walking at the Fair, but I think I lost a lot of fluid sweating. It was a hot one today."
Would he do it again? "No. I did lose my Lamb Shoppe stick on the way home, so I may return to the Fair for that, but I can't imagine eating that much again."
What did he eat? In the list below, apples are either caramel or candied. If a food isn't listed, it's apparent from the vendor name.
Andre's Watermelon- fruit and cheese kabob
Axel's - mac & cheese, tater tots (the "Red Bull on a stick" is in a plastic sleeve)
Bayou Bob - alligator sausage
Big Fat Bacon
Boulevard - pickle
Calzone - pizza
Candy factory - apple
Caramel Apple Sncones
Caribbean Fruit Smoothie - fruit kabob
Cheese on a Stick
Chinatown Minn - lemon chicken, pot stickers, ostrich teriyaki
Colonial Nut Roll
Corndogs-Lemonade - 6", 12", Dogzilla
Deep Fried Candy Bars
Demitri's - kabob
Dino's Gyros - Greek meatball
Epiphany Diner - sausage
Fish & Chips - shrimp, scallops
French Meadow - Scone
Giant Slide/Lemonade - cheese
Giggles - porcupine meatballs (elk), salmon
Granny's cheesecakes - cheesecake, banana, strawberries, ice cream
Granny's Kitchen - Fudge Puppy
Green Mill - foot long pizza
Heritage Square Nut and Candy - rock candy, blow pop
Holyland Deli - kabobs
Isabel Burke's Taffy - taffy pop
Juicy's Outlaw Grill - steak
Kathie's Cotton Candy
Luigi Fries - hot dago
McLellan's Grilled Shrimp
Mike's Hamburgers - hot dog wrap
MN Farmer's Union - frozen coffee, mocha, espresso
Netterfield's - cheese, kabob
O'gara's - reuben, corned beef
Ole and Lena's - tater tot hot dish
Oodles of Noodles - spaghetti and meatballs, smores
Peter's Hot Dogs
Pork Chops and Turkey Legs
Potato Skins - Spudster
Pronto Pups - 6", 10"
Ragin' Cajun - blackened steak
Rainbow Ice Cream - apple, bomb pop
Roadhouse - popcorn chicken
Root Beer Hut - apple, twirl pop, round-up sucker
Sabino's Pies - pickle, cotton candy
St. Martins - olives
Sausage Sister and Me - "Puff Daddy," "Thai One On," "Jerk on a stick"
Schumacher's - pork chop
Scotch Eggs - Scotch egg, meatball, butterscotch cake
Snack House - corn dog, pickle, round-up sucker
SnoCones - cotton candy, apple
Spaghetti Eddie's - chicken
Steichen's - Tootsie Pop, DumDum
Super Dogs - 6", 12", 18"
Sweet Trails - apple
Sweets & Treats - apple, cotton candy
Tropical Flavored Cotton Candy
Ultimate Confections - smores, cheesecake, marshmallow
Veggie Pie - grapes, cherries
Vegie Fries - vegetable kabob
Vescio's - ice cream
Walleye On a Stick - walleye, catfish
West Indies Soul Cafe - jerked pork chop
Wings N' Things - pickle
Working at the car wash
1 day ago