Bacon bratwurst, bacon corn chowder, home brine bacon, bacon-wrapped mushrooms, bacon doughnut holes, bacon gooey butter cake and bacon brains are just a few of the many delicacies that will be offered at the first Baconfest this Saturday, June 15, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the city fairgrounds swine pavilion.
The Washington Rotary Club and Emmaus Home are cosponsoring the event.
One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit Rotary projects and scholarships for Emmaus residents.
“Bacon is really hot right now,” said Lynne Unnerstall, co-chair and Emmaus volunteer. “Our event is the only one I know of that is held specifically for charities.”
The two organizations began planning for the event last summer and prepared by attending other area baconfests, Unnerstall said.
In addition to bacon food sampling, the event will feature several contests, including a pig calling/hollering contest at 4 p.m., a bacon-eating contest at 5 p.m., best bacon apparel contest at 6 p.m. and best vendor at 7 p.m.
The bacon-eating contest requires advance registration, Unnerstall said. Registrations are still being accepted. There is a 20-person maximum.
Participation in the contest is $10. To preregister, people may email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration is not needed for the pig calling and best bacon apparel contests, which will be judged by applause.
Each participant will receive a ticket to “vote” for their favorite bacon creation. The top vendors will win monetary prizes and bragging rights.
Event sponsors include Fricks Quality Meat, Bank of Franklin County, Stork Fabricators, Missouri Pork Association, M-K Distributing, Wells Fargo, Citizens Bank, Bank of Washington;
McDonald’s, Diana Holdinghausen Insurance, Ameren, First Community Credit Union, Lighthouse Dental, Clemco Industries, Jackie Miller, The Chest and Jeff Mohesky.
Vendors include 4 U Fireworks, Blue Duck, Emmaus residents, Fricks Quality Meats, The Fudge Shop, Lynne Unnerstall Bacon Creations, Mark Frankenberg-BFA, Miller’s Grill;
Old Dutch Tavern, Papa Murphy, Rhonda and Ginny Bacon Creations, Rotary Club, Schulte’s Bakery, SFB Men’s Group, The Finishing Touch, First United Methodist, Wicked Gouda and Wimpy’s.
Tickets are $25 for those 16 and older, $10 for children ages 6 to 15, and children ages 5 and under are free.
Tickets include unlimited food sampling and one drink — a bacon bloody Mary, beer, soda or water. Additional refreshments may be purchased at the event.
Tickets are available at local banks and Fas-Trip stations, or online at Emmaus-homes.org. Tickets also can be purchased at the event.
Because it’s the first year, Unnerstall said she has no idea what to expect, but hopes the event will bring in $10,000 to $20,000 for the two organizations, as well as draw people to Washington.
The event, held under a pavilion, will be held rain or shine. In addition to food and contests, Baconfest will feature music and balloon animals.
“This is a good, family get-together and a great way to benefit two worthwhile organizations,” Unnerstall said. “And there will be some really great food.”