Known for its unorthodox entertainment, organizers of the 9th Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival “Body by Bacon – Sweatin’ to the Sizzle!” have announced the quirkiest line-up to date. The interactive bacon-infused happening, taking place at Hy-Vee Hall and Community Choice Convention Center on February 20th, will promote a healthy bacon lifestyle by incorporating 1980’s music and aerobic fitness into the fabric of bacon fellowship.

Businessolver’s Mainstage Rocks the ‘80s

As in year’s past, the bluegrass sounds of Mr. Baber’s Neighbors will kick off the festivities, providing everyone with a comfortable and familiar atmosphere to begin their bacon journey. Later attendees will find themselves slowly transported into the 80’s when Kentucky Fried Mullet takes the stage. Next, it’s time to go crazy with Grammy Award-winning Matt Fink (AKA Doctor Fink) and his five-piece Prince tribute band, The Purple Xperience. The ‘80’s experience will culminate with the all-female rock group Hell’s Belles – the only AC/DC tribute band endorsed by Angus Young himself.

Strap on Your Fanny Pack and Burn Off the Bacon at the “Body by Bacon Gym”

After loading up on energy-packed bacon, take an opportunity to burn it off at the Body by Bacon Gym. Classes will be held from 10 am to 3:30 pm in the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center’s Hall A. From Zumba and Hula Hooping to Bacon Robics and Twerking, there will be a variety of fun-filled exercise routines for bacon-lovers of all fitness levels. Each person who participates in a class will earn a special festival prize. For those motivated by competition, try out for a spot in Body by Bacon’s International Shake Weight Championship, where the 5 best Shake Weight athletes will compete for the Shake Weight Champion Medal.

Miami Vice, Pirates, Caddyshack and Studio 54 Added to “The Bacon Strip”

On the third floor, participants can explore six interactive themed bars which include: Barefoot Wine’s Miami Vice Lounge, The Principal Charity Classics’ Caddyshack Bar, The BaCOON Ride Biker Bar, Absolut Studio 54, Captain Morgan’s Pirate Cove, and Businessolver’s Karaoke Palace!

Footloose Dance Competition Hosted by The Bachelor’s Chris Soules in “Club Sizzle”

Club Sizzle, the popular bacon-centric pop-up night club on the ballroom level, will kick off at noon with a “Footloose Dance Competition” presented by Oscar Mayer. The contest will be hosted and judged by Chris Soules of Dancing with the Stars and The Bachelor. Professional dancers will lead the dance as participants pair up to compete for the trophy, a year-supply of bacon and $500 in cash! Those interested in participating in the amateur dance contest must have a festival ticket and a dance partner. Willing participants are encouraged to register in advance at www.blueribbonbaconfestival.com. Want to compete, but don’t have a dance partner? Simply download Oscar Mayer’s Sizzl dating app and find a bacon-lover willing to shake a leg with you.


A limited number of general admission and early-entry tickets to the festival are available through a link at blueribbonbaconfestival.com. Tickets can also be purchased at Central Iowa Hy-Vee Food Store

s and at the Wells Fargo Arena Ticketing Office located at 233 Center Street, Des Moines, IA. Tickets purchased at the Ticketing Office will avoid online convenience fees. Tickets accompanied with goodie bags, containing commemorative t-shirts and koozies will no longer be available after Friday, January 22.

For more festival or ticket sales information go to www.blueribbonbaconfestival.com, “like” Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival on Facebook, or follow @BRBaconfest on Twitter.