BEST OF BACON: Sold out crowd packs the fairgrounds for event celebrating all things bacon

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Close to five thousand bacon lovers packed the fairgrounds today for the 5th annual event celebrating all things bacon.

“I love bacon. I love bacon,” says Melissa Belloleo who celebrated her 30th birthday at the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival.

“Everybody loves bacon,” says Bacon Fest organizer Brooks Reynolds.

Every year the event nearly doubles in size. The sold out crowd of 4700 people is the biggest yet. Tickets were gone in less than 30 minutes.

“We never in our wildest dreams thought it would come to this,” says Reynolds.

The event showcased more than 20 restaurants and ten different suppliers from the Midwest.

“I took a hiatus of two weeks before I came here so I didn’t burn out and probably won’t eat much for another week or so after,” says Mike Vogel.

At Bacon Fest, the featured item isn’t just for breakfast. It’s on the menu for dinner and dessert.

“Bacon and butterscotch. You got salty and sweet one of the best combinations,” says Megan LaSuer of Carefree Patisserie.

The combination was so popular, half of their bacon cupcakes and brownies were gone in the first half hour.

“We have been swamped with customers sampling our food. It’s just great to be here,” says Bacon Fest newcomer Nick Spencer of Spencer’s Jolly Posh Foods.

Spencer brought his dry cured bacon from Chicago and says he hopes to come back next year.

Organizers say while people are filling up on their favorite food, they’re also helping local charities. This year’s Bacon Fest will donate about $10,000 back to the community.