With one quick gulp of a not-so-appetizing mixture, Avery Prather became the winner of the annual Fear Factor challenge Friday.
“I just chugged it,” said the 10-year-old after winning.
The event, organized by the Nancy Carson Library, featured several children who tried items not found at the everyday dinner table for a chance of winning the challenge and a McDonald’s gift card.
Items included snails, tofu, Marmite and blue raspberry jello with tuna.
Avery wanted to participate because of “the weird foods we get to try,” she said.
The snail was her least favorite food.
“It was gross!” she said.
Andrew Belanger, who came in second, had declared early in the competition, “I will not go out until the finals.”
He, too, chugged the mixture in the final round, said the 10-year-old.
Avery and Andrew, who sat next to each other during the challenge, often encouraged each other during each round.
“I got to make a new friend,” said Andrew.
Renee Burton, children’s assistant, said that each year she tries to find something new to introduce into the challenge. However, each year, participants seem to get braver, she added.
“Every year, I get more and more kids who are lasting longer in the competition,” she said. “More of them will eat, or at least try, anything.”