Bacon lovers take note: The sixth annual Baconfest is this weekend in Washington.
Baconfest will be held Saturday, June 9, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Washington Fairgrounds Swine Pavillion.
Tickets can be purchased at the door or online, at www.baconfestwashington.com.
This year, tickets are limited due to the high amount that are sold each year. Co-chair John Brinker said this is an effort to make sure the event is as enjoyable as it can be for attendees. He said the goal is to make sure everyone can try out different samples and that volunteers working booths aren’t overworked.
Admission includes bacon-inspired food tastings from local vendors and a beverage. More than 20 vendors will have their bacon-inspired samples available for tasting.
Vendors include Sugarfire of Washington, Big Boy’s Grilled Subs & Wings, Brown’s Shoe Center, Frick’s Quality Meats, Ability Developmental Services, Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of New Haven, Saucy’s Pizzeria of Washington, Swiss Meat & Sausage Co., Unnerstall and Unnerstall, The Washington Jaycees and others.
Country band, Burnt Whiskey, will perform. A balloon artist, a face painting station and other children’s activities also will be offered.
Additionally, the event will feature several competitions, including a bacon eating contests for adults and children, a hog calling contest and a bacon apparel contest.
The bacon eating contest has a $100 prize for whoever consumes the most bacon in three minutes. The children’s contest offers a $50 prize. Registration is required for the bacon eating contests and entry is $10.
The Washington Rotary Club hosts multiple fund-raisers throughout the year, Baconfest being one of them. Proceeds raised during Baconfest are donated to local Washington area charities and go toward the Rotary Riverfront Trail.
Brinker said the event will take place rain or shine.