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Crowds 'pig out' at Bacon Bash

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Bacon Bash visitors try to catch stuffed pigs from the roof of Riverwalk Mercantile Sunday morning, Sept. 18, for the "When Pigs Fly" event that kicked off day two of the Bacon Bash. 2 / 10
A Great American Cookout booth was one of many stationed on Maple Street during the Bacon Bash.3 / 10
Bacon Bash visitors enjoy a variety of booths by various vendors on Maple Street during the Bacon Bash Sunday. 4 / 10
Tashay Stai (left) and John Stai, Menominee, have a fun bacon-photo taken at the Bacon Bash.5 / 10
Bacon Bash featured a car and motorcycle cruze Sunday afternoon. 6 / 10
Al Standaert celebrates his win after the Pig Calling/Pig Impersonation contest Sunday afternoon.7 / 10
Kelly McGuire (left) and Bryan Tippy had a Bacon Duct Tape booth at the Bacon Bash. Tippy got into the Bacon Bash spirit with a bacon costume.8 / 10
Bacon Bash included several kid-friendly activities, including a petting zoo.9 / 10
Drake Holter, 13, of Hudson, won a prize basket from Family Fresh Market, for winning the first-ever Bacon Bash Medallion Hunt.10 / 10

The fourth annual Bacon Bash drew crowds of people from River Falls, the area, and beyond. More than 11,000 visitors enjoyed free bacon samples, a variety of bacon cuisine,  bacon-themed events and contests, and more.

"Overall, it was a fantastic weekend," said Chamber of Commerce CEO Chris Blasius. "We had a great turnout consisting of families and friends enjoying a beautiful fall weekend.

"Attendees were very complimentary about the delicious bacon-inspired food options and the overall event as a whole.  I would be remiss if I didn’t provide a huge thank you to our sponsors, volunteers and event committee spending countless hours organizing another successful event!"

See more in the Sept. 22 print edition of the River Falls Journal.