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ISU student plans Ames bacon festival in October

By Staff | Apr 9, 2013

AMES (AP) – After seeing thousands of people flock to a bacon festival in Des Moines, an Iowa State University student has decided Ames should get a slice of the action.

ISU junior Jake Swanson is planning a BaconFest on Oct. 11 with help from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Swanson was the Iowa Pork Producers Association’s pork ambassador in 2012. He said he got the idea for a festival as he attended pork events around Iowa.

“We have one of the best agricultural schools in the world, and I think an event like BaconFest is really a great opportunity to showcase that,” said Swanson, who is president of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Student Council.

He also noted the success of the annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival in Des Moines, which drew 8,000 people in February.

The Ames event isn’t associated with the Des Moines festival, which has been held for six years. Brooks Reynolds, who founded the Blue Ribbon event, said he hopes the Ames festival is successful.

“I wish them well in the name of bacon fellowship and hope that this solidifies Iowa as the bacon capital of the world,” Reynolds said.

The Ames event will be at ISU’s Central Campus.

It will be free, but people can buy “bacon bucks” to trade for food.

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