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Making an appearance on the Twins jumbo-tron and participating in a dance competition was River Falls Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau Event and Program Coordinator, Maranda Mahr. As part of a marketing campaign, Mahr and others traveled to the Twins vs. Royals game, to promote the Sept. 8. event.1 / 5
River Falls FFA Alumni members, from left, Michelle Peterson and Amanda Sazama stand with Bethany O'Leary, River Falls FFA Chapter member, and her market pigs. O'Leary 's red ribbon winning, market pig, weighing in at 239 pounds, was purchased by the alumni for a price of $2.65 per pound. This is O'Leary 's last year as an FFA member. Half of the pig has been donated to the River Falls Bacon Bash for a meat giveaway, which will be held during the one festival in downtown River Falls on Sept. 8. (Submitte...2 / 5
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To advertise the Sept. 8, River Falls Bacon Bash, 63, men, women and children went to the Twins game, dressed in pink. The "grassroots" marketing campaign garnered a lot of curious looks and questions from fellow game attendees.4 / 5
River Falls Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau, Tourism Sales Marketing Manager, Judy Berg, attended the Aug. 29 Twins game carrying a multitude of pig paraphernalia to promote the upcoming River Falls Bacon Bash.5 / 5

As Homer Simpson says, "Mmm ... bacon," and that's exactly what River Falls Bacon Bash festival goers will be saying this Sunday, Sept. 8.

The event that is sure to get the taste buds going will be held in conjunction with the last Car Cruze-In of the season from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Elm Street between Main and Second streets.

River Falls Chamber of Commerce Marketing Manager Judy Berg says the event will feature a wide variety of pig-inspired activities.

Among those are an amateur cook-off competition at 11 a.m., which will be judged by celebrities.

Amateurs are not the only ones who will be showcasing their finest bacon dishes; professional cooks will also be whipping up some bacon delights. Judging of those dishes will be done by the people, with the winner being crowned "People's Choice."

Attendees will need to buy tickets to redeem for the sample and then judge who has the best bacon concoction.

To wash down the tantalizing dishes, River Falls Bacon Bash will feature a variety of local micro-brewed beer from vendors such as: American Sky Beer, Leinenkugel, Pitchfork Brewing, and local Rush River Brewing Company.

Chris Blasius, River Falls Chamber CEO, said that the city of River Falls has given the festival an open container variance with a designated cup for downtown River Falls.

The free event will feature a number of other activities including a marketplace, with vendors selling a lots of items.

There will be a pig wing eating competition at 2 p.m. -- contestants can call in advance or sign up at the festival.

Those not looking to chow down on pig wings can feel free to belly up to the microphone and let out their best pig call. "Piggies" of all ages are encouraged to let out their inner swine.

Others can go "hog wild" during the swine "flew" competition, which features the flinging of squeaky toys, called a Farmyard Flyshot Flyer.

Other free family activities include an FFA feed activity, education area, and craft area, featuring piggy banks, pig noses, and pig ears.

UW-River Falls will also be providing live pigs for a petting zoo and that the event will  have pig races.

At noon, River Falls Bacon Bash goers are encouraged to dress their pets up and take part in the pet parade.

Throughout the day bluegrass music from Everett Smithson can be heard.

Coming onto Main Street, festival goers can traverse the downtown area and view a wide variety of classic vehicles.

Blasius said this Car Cruze-In tends to be the largest and will feature 1950s and 1960s music.

For more information about the River Falls Bacon Bash, visit

For information about the Car Cruze-In visit the chamber website at or call the Chamber at 715-425-2533.

Art on the Kinni

A vast array of artwork, food and music will dot the White Pathway and Heritage and Veterans parks from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., this Saturday during Art on the Kinni (AOK).

Over 71 artists will display their many works for visitors to admire and purchase. Included in the 71 are four “budding artists” who are dipping their toes for the first time into the art world.

The Community Arts Base sponsored event will include media such as: wood, fiber, metal, jewelry, glass, pottery, ceramics, photography, print materials and more.

The 18th annual event will also feature a “children’s art tent,” where kids can build their own kaleidoscopes.

Throughout the juried art event, visitors can purchase a vast array of food, including: Mexican, Greek, root beer floats, hamburgers, cheese curds, kettle corn, wood fire pizzas, chocolates and more.

No CAB sponsored event would be complete without a full lineup of music. Taking the White Pathway and Veterans Park stages will be: The Buskers, Josh Anderson, Joe Loftus, Karl Nilsen, Denny Cooper, Old School, and more.

For more information about the Saturday, Sept. 7, Art on the Kinni, visit

See the complete article in the Sept. 5 edition of the Journal.

Jillian Dexheimer

Jillian Dexheimer has been a copy editor and reporter for the River Falls Journal since 2011. She previously worked for the River Falls Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau. Dexheimer holds a sociology degree from UW-River Falls.