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Weekend highlights: AOK and Bacon Bash

Employees from Family Fresh market flipped bacon cheddar burgers during Sunday's bacon bash. Winners of the professional cooking competition included: First: Croix Valley Foods, pig wings; second: UWRF Falcon Foods, bourbon and bacon ice cream; and third: Paddy Ryan's Irish Pub, bacon-wrapped pork meatloaf.3 / 10
According to the River Falls Chamber, over 4,000 people attend the inaugural year of the River Falls Bacon Bash, which was held in conjunction with the last Car Cruze-In of the season. The event featured numerous competitions, including the amateur cook-off. Winners included: First: Caryl Wiley, bacon snack mix; second: Mike Dexheimer, heart attack meatloaf; and third: Kim Blesi, peanut butter bacon cookies.4 / 10
River Falls Bacon Bash emcee, Todd Andrews, encourages pig calling competitor, Patty, to let her inner piggy out. The winner of the pig calling competition was Shirley Peterson Morgan from Austin, Minn. Along with a pig calling contest, the event also featured a swine "flew" competition, which was won by Noah Angus, who flung the plush pig 45 feet.5 / 10
River Falls Bacon Bash pig wing eating contest winner, Eric Kassim (left), a U of MN-Twin Cities student, rode his bicycle from Minneapolis to the event with his friend, Rebecca (middle). During the three minute event Kassim downed eight pig wings and was eating another while the winner was declared. Also competing was Meyer Middle School seventh grader Logan McLaughlin (right), who was the youngest of the ten competitors.6 / 10
Zoe Jarosch, 5, and her little sister Ruby, 3, color in paper birds at the Art on the Kinni children's craft tent. The paper birds were later cut out and hung on a string. the Jarosch girls come to Art on the Kinni every year with their parents, Mike and Ali Jarosch. Pictured right is Kolten Meyer, 8, of River Falls, who also comes to Art on the Kinni every year with his mother Rachelle Lamprecht.7 / 10
Ande Armstrong, River Falls, tries on a hat at Jim and Marlene Carciotini's Art on the Kinni booth. The Carciotinis sold handmade hats jewelry and other items. 8 / 10
Steve and Juli Baker, Eau Claire, examine some earrings made by artist Sue Peoples -- pictured in back -- as a part of their annual anniversary trip through Art on the Kinni. The Bakers' anniversary falls on Sept. 12. They spent their time enjoying Art on the Kinni and shopping for Juli's anniversary gift. Steve's present is a new sight for his rifle.9 / 10
Mike Leuthmers throws bowls on a wheel outside of Kinnickinnic Clayworks LLC, 124 N. Riverwalk. Many Art on the Kinni visitors stopped to watch Leuthmers work. Kinnickinnic Clayworks is owned by Jennifer King. 10 / 10

Photo gallery and video of Art on the Kinni held Saturday, Sept. 7, and River Falls Bacon Bash held Sunday, Sept. 8.

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