BACON LOVERS: BaconFest Jr. Draws Fans Of All Ages

One unique taste has become one of central Iowa's most popular events.

Tickets to the 2014 Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival sold out in less than an hour.  The problem is you have to be 18-years-old or older to get in.

For the first time organizers created a separate, family friendly event.

"It's an all age event. There's no alcohol involved. It's all about family fun and learning,” said Judy Crane from the Science Center of Iowa.

The organizers of the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival teamed up with the Science Center of Iowa to host the first annual BaconFest Jr.

2,000 people enjoyed all the bacon they could eat from eight local vendors.

With full stomachs, families enjoyed science demonstrations and interactive activities all related to Iowa's favorite meat.

Kids could earn bacon diplomas by visiting all of the stations at the event.  For many, it was all about pigging out.

"I like bacon mixed in with macaroni and I like bacon with syrup. I like bacon on anything, like ice cream. I know they made a bacon donut,” said Kaedee Pagliai.

Before families dug into the bacon at BaconFest Jr., one pig was assured she wouldn't be on the menu.

Governor Terry Branstad joined the Iowa Bacon Board and Iowa Pork Producers Association for the annual pig pardoning.

Mimi is a 100 percent Berkshire sow.

She'll be returned to the Berkwood Farms in Des Moines to live a long, peaceful life.

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