2022 BACON QUEEN

On February 23, Kaytee Nicholson impressed the Iowa Bacon Royalty Judging Panel with her comedic chops! OHHHHH, BACON!

Get to know Kaytee

Why did you deserve to become the 2022 Bacon Queen?

Besides the requisite overconsumption of bacon at every opportunity, I live for the Bacon Festival atmosphere. I could be a productive role model for future bacon queen contestants who always have had a true love for bacon. I’ve always enjoyed promoting festivals and if chosen to be bacon queen, I’d be more than honored to promote this festival and the roles that are included! The theme of the festival this year is Mardi Gras, which is one of my favorite themes, and I’m a little too shy to earn some beads, but I’d definitely do some shady stuff for bacon.

What is your ideal bacon-eating experience?

I go to my local store, and I get heart eyes when I make it towards the bacon selection. I no longer hear any surrounding noises because my heart is exploding with excitement about this bacon I’m about to purchase. I go home and I start to prepare my bacon. I get my pan and start to unwrap the bacon. Who thought bacon would have such an extraordinary feel to it?? Before and after it’s cooked! The smell of cooking bacon fills up my home and my two cats get incredibly excited as well because the smell is just....exquisite. Then the taste.... my lord, the best thing one can experience. My heart breaks once it all gone, but I can’t help but get excited for my next bacon trip to the store and experience this all over again.

If you win the Bacon Queen Contest, how will you spread "Bacon Fellowship" around Iowa and the world?

Social media plays huge role in today’s society, so I would be honored to promote the festival through all of social media accounts spreading information to other bacon lovers. I would share some of my favorite ways to cook bacon and other recipes to follow.

2020 BACON QUEEN

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2019 BACON QUEEN

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Katie Buccholz

Michelle Yoshimura-Smith

2018 BACON QUEEN

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Emily Harney

2016 BACON QUEEN

Allison Schafer

2014 BACON QUEEN

Shannon Sole

2012 BACON QUEEN

Allison Brienzo

2017 BACON QUEEN

Courtney Dettmer

2015 BACON QUEEN

Abigail Lill

2013 BACON QUEEN

Kim Pfannebecker

2011 BACON QUEEN

Holly Mueller