Bacon festival organizers predict success in Vegas


Know who probably won’t be attending the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival’s Extreme Bacon Bite Challenge in Las Vegas?

A certain group of researchers who earlier this week released a report saying that regularly eating bacon, as well as such processed meats as hot dogs and sausage, can cause colorectal cancer.

And know who will be there? Just about every-bacon-loving-body else, who, science or not, will attend to celebrate their love of their favorite breakfast (and lunch, and dinner, and snacktime) treat.

Organizers say the report from the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer — and the often alarmist headlines it created — hasn’t put a damper on what they’re calling a gathering devoted to “bacon fellowship.”

In fact, says Marshall Porter, “chief bacon officer” of the Iowa Bacon Board, the event’s organizer, “interest in the event has increased since headlines hit earlier this week. There has been an abundance of bacon lovers out there who are a little disappointed with some of the misleading headlines related to the WHO’s recent announcement.”

So, Porter says, interest in the event, and of all things bacon, actually has “heightened a little bit.”

This is the first time that the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival’s Extreme Bacon Bite Challenge, scheduled for Nov. 14 at Rain at the Palms, will be held in Las Vegas. Previous events have been held in bacon-loving locales ranging from Iowa (of course) to Iceland (really?).