A man wearing a pig mask and a shirt with bacon strips walks through a crowd at the 1st annual BaconFest in St. Joe, Mo on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. Over 1,300 people showed up to the event. All the proceeds went to the Dream Factory, an organization that grants wishes to sick children.
Susie McCreary, 76, owner of the St. Joe Harley Davidson fries bacon while preparing a jalapeno balmers recipe her employee, Jackie Kalinka, 28, came up with for the recipe contest. “She's our designated bacon cooker today because it’s the most important part of the recipe.” Kalinka said. The Apple Market grocery store donated 2,000 pounds of bacon to the event.
Tracy Gillespie, 42, tries to eat as much bacon as he can during the bacon-eating contest. “To prepare, I watched Top Gun, the Rocky movies, and ate a big meal to stretch out the ole belly, and earlier I did a little running.” Gillespie said. He won second place.
Natalie Witt, 2, finishes off a pan of leftover peanut butter and rice crispies used in making peanut butter bacon balms for the dessert recipe contest. Witt was there with Merz Farm Equipment who came from Fall City, Neb. to participate in the BaconFest.
Jackie Kalinka, 28, made bacon maple lollipops for the Harley Davidson booth at BaconFest.
John Marshoff, 45, poses for pictures BaconFest. Marshoff was selected as bacon king at the bacon king and queen contest held at the Harley Davidson in St. Joe, Mo., on Sept. 20. His talent was juggling oranges.
Brice Dewsbury, 28, and Jose Reys, 41, from the Frontier Casino prepare their bacon chicken fajitas for the recipe contest. “We were just sitting around drinking beer when I thought, ‘Why not make bacon fajitas?’” Dewsbury said.