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11th Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival Sure to be a SMASHING Good Time!

The 11th Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival will take place at the Iowa Events Center on February 17 from 10 AM to 5 PM. After 5 PM, the celebration will continue in Club Sizzle (4th Floor) with an after-party concert featuring Grammy-nominated band Smash Mouth. 2018’s theme, “International Bacon Games - Light the Sizzle Within!” will pay homage to an internationally celebrated sporting event taking place in South Korea during the same time. Tickets for the festival and after-party concert will go on sale via www.hyveetix.com and the Wells Fargo Arena Ticket Office on 12/19 at 12:19 PM.

Brooks Reynolds, Chair of the Iowa Bacon Board (AKA Face of Bacon), explained the theme choice, “we’ve wanted to use the ‘International Bacon Games’ theme for years, and the timing seemed ideal” Reynolds continued, “Bacon-lovers will be encouraged to wear costumes representing real or fictional nations and athletes, enjoy bacon-inspired dishes from around the globe, and compete in a variety of bacon-themed games.”

For the very first time in Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival history, the 7-hour celebration will be extended an additional 2 hours with an after-party concert featuring Grammy-nominated band Smash Mouth in Club Sizzle for those 21 and older. “Smash Mouth is a perfect fit!” explained Seth Hall, VP of Bacon Enjoyment. “The band’s rockin’ melodies and lyrics clearly support the core values of International Bacon Fellowship. Think about it - ‘All Star’? ‘Why Can’t We Be Friends’? ‘I’m a Believer’? These songs are obviously about bacon … right?”

Another first is that organizers are expanding festival offerings to bacon-lovers under the age of 21 by providing them with access to the first two floors of the Iowa Events Center. Seth Hall explained the move as a way to initiate young bacon-lovers into the bacon fellowship culture. When asked how he envisions his role in encouraging parents to bring their young “Baconeeres” to the festival, Mr. Hall broke into song, “I’m just your average ordinary everyday superhero trying to save the world …”

About the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival

Recognized as the world’s premier bacon festival, the much talked about Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival takes place annually in Des Moines, IA. Organized and promoted by the Iowa Bacon Board, the festival offers food, fun, and most importantly international bacon fellowship. Bacon-enthusiasts from around the world gather for one day of extensive bacon sampling, bacon lectures, bacon-inspired dishes, bacon competitions, an annual bacon queen contest, bacon awards, live entertainment and more.

About Smash Mouth

Smash Mouth, formed in 1994, hasn’t slowed down in providing party music across generations. Their first major label debut “Fush Yu Mang” went more than double platinum, followed by their album Astrolounge that went quadruple platinum in status. That album had hits “All-Star,” “Then the Morning Comes,” and “Can’t Get Enough Of You Baby.” Smash Mouth has even provided the musical heart of the soundtrack for “Shrek.”

TICKET INFORMATION

General Admission Ticket* - $27.50 (plus $3 online convenience fee)

Includes:

  • Live Music and Entertainment

  • Bacon Educational Lectures

  • UNLIMITED BACON SAMPLES FROM THE LARGEST BACON SHOWCASE IN THE WORLD!

General Admission + Concert Ticket* - $55.00 (plus $6.00 online convenience fee)

Includes:

  • After-Party Concert featuring Smash Mouth in Club Sizzle from 5 PM – 7 PM

  • Live Music and Entertainment

  • Bacon Educational Lectures

  • UNLIMITED BACON SAMPLES FROM THE LARGEST BACON SHOWCASE IN THE WORLD!

VIP Bacon Experience* - $70.25 (plus $6.50 online convenience fee)

Includes:

  • Early entry into the event at 9 am

  • After-Party Concert featuring Smash Mouth in Club Sizzle from 5 PM – 7 PM

  • $10 Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival Merchandise Certificate (good for one limited edition event tee or toward an assortment of festival merchandise)

  • Live Music and Entertainment

  • Bacon Educational Lectures

  • UNLIMITED BACON SAMPLES FROM THE LARGEST BACON SHOWCASE IN THE WORLD!

Table Package for 10* – $762.50 (plus $55.00 online convenience fee)

Includes:

  • Guaranteed Seating – Seating at the festival is limited and with a table you have a place to sit, eat, rest and watch as the world of bacon explodes around you.

  • 10 Tickets gaining early entry into the event at 9 am

  • $200 in Bacon Bucks to distribute to your table guests

  • $100 in Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival Merchandise Certificates to be used for limited edition event tees ($10 each) or an assortment of festival merchandise

  • Live Music and Entertainment

  • Bacon Educational Lectures

  • UNLIMITED BACON SAMPLES FROM THE LARGEST BACON SHOWCASE IN THE WORLD!

*All tickets are available for purchased at the Wells Fargo Arena Ticket Office located at 233 Center Street, Des Moines, IA. Tickets purchased at the Ticket Office will NOT be subject to online convenience fees.

Visit the website, “like” Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival on Facebook, and follow the event on Twitter @BRBaconfest and Instagram @blueribbonbaconfestival.

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