Organizers of the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival announced today that tickets to the 9th Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival will be sold online through a link at www.blueribbonbaconfestival.com and by phone at (866)553-2457 on 12/10/15 beginning at 12:10 p.m. To secure two tickets prior to the official sale date, beginning on December 1, bacon-lovers can speed-walk (or drive) to their Greater Des Moines Hy-Vee Store and buy two tickets with the purchase of a package of bacon from participating bacon brands.

Once again, the bacon celebration will return to the Iowa Events Center on Saturday, February 20 and attendance will be limited to just over 14,000 bacon-lovers. Every year, the festival announces a wacky theme for attendees, restaurants and sponsors to embrace. From Baconmania VIII’s wrestling vibe to Viva Las Bacon’s tribute to old Vegas, everyone gets a little goofy to take part in the bacon madness. In 2016 the Iowa Bacon Board, organizers of the event, have chosen to promote a healthy bacon lifestyle. Brooks Reynolds, Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival Chair and Cofounder, explained, “As we all know, a well-balanced diet paired with exercise sets the stage for a long and happy bacony life.” Reynolds continued, “With that said, I along with many bacon-lovers have needed a reason to put a Richard Simmons video in our VCRs and get into better shape. And, the purpose of this year’s theme is to motivate us to do just that!” Introducing…

Body by Bacon

“Sweatin’ to the Sizzle!”

The one-day event will offer: bacon-inspired fitness sessions, extensive bacon sampling, bacon lectures, bacon-inspired dishes, a Body by Bacon costume contest, bacon competitions, an annual bacon queen, bacon awards, live entertainment and international bacon fellowship.

Asked if the Iowa Bacon Board is serious about encouraging bacon-lovers to break a sweat, Reynolds responded, “If commissioning a bacon-themed aerobics video called, ‘Body by Bacon’ isn’t serious then I don’t know what is.” Reynolds is serious. Seriously. To watch the “Body by Bacon” workout video go to www.blueribbonbaconfestival.com.

To learn more about the event and opportunities to win tickets frequently visit the website, “like” Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival on Facebook, and follow the event on Twitter @BRBaconfest.