Bacon Festival exceeds expectations

DELPHI, Ind. (WLFI) — The first Indiana Bacon Festival exceeded expectations which is prompting changes for next year.

Organizers said more than 6,000 people crowded the streets of Delphi on Saturday. That is a thousand more than planners were expecting.

The event featured local vendors serving special bacon recipes, six musicians, a cook-off and a bacon eating contest. The event took up just two streets. Organizers said that they may expand next year and there will also be more food.

“I think now that all of our food vendors have been through it once, they certainly have a better idea of how to plan for next year,” said Julia Leahy, the Bacon Fest assistant chair.

Co-owner of the Arni’s in Delphi Tracy Martin said, “We really had no idea what was going to happen, so we prepared like we do for the Old Settlers celebration. Come to find out, it was a lot more. We, of course, were running people to get food. We had a lot of volunteers that helped us that were supposed to work a little bit and they ended up working the whole day.”

Leahy said $10,000 will be donated to both the Gateway Connection Mentoring Program and Carroll County Senior and Family Services.

Next year’s event is scheduled for the last Saturday in August.

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