Iowa State University students will host the sixth annual Bacon Expo on Oct. 6, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center.
The event offers participants a chance to sample creative culinary treats such as bacon gelato, chocolate-covered bacon, maple bacon cupcakes and traditional fried bacon strips. Along with bacon goodies, attendees will enjoy live entertainment and educational displays about the pork industry.
Bacon Expo is a family-focused event that attracted more than 1,000 last year. Reece Rieken, a senior in agricultural and life sciences education; Gracie Russell, a junior in agricultural business and Harvard Williams, a junior in animal science, are serving as tri-chairs for this year’s expo. Together, they have been planning the event with a 22-member executive team since January.
This year’s Bacon Expo will focus on giving back to the Ames community by donating leftover bacon to Food at First. The expo team also selected Special Olympics of Iowa as its charity of choice. A portion of the proceeds raised from the event will be donated to that program.
Tickets cost $10 for adults, students are $8 in advance and $10 at the door, children 6-12 years old are $5 and under 5 years old are free. Information about the event can be found at www.baconexpo.ag.iastate.edu, @ISUBaconExpo on Twitter and Iowa State Bacon Expo on Facebook.