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Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival announces Las Vegas event

The Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival is headed to Sin City.

The Iowa-based group that deems itself the "world's premier bacon fellowship organization" will hold the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival's "Extreme Bacon Bite Challenge" at the Rain in Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas on Nov. 14, the group announced Thursday.

The announcement said that 1,500 tickets will be made available for the one-day event, which will feature 10 chefs facing off in a competition to win a $4,000 prize, according to the event announcement. In typical over-the-top fashion, the event will also have an Elvis costume competition and some "lucky" couples will have an opportunity to wed in a ceremony at the United Church of Bacon.

"Now in our eighth year of promoting bacon fellowship worldwide, it only made sense to have a presence in Las Vegas," said co-founder Brooks Reynolds in a statement. "The culture of Vegas embodies many values that bacon-lovers hold dear. First and foremost being that it's okay to go EXTREME and enjoy life's guilty pleasures every now and again."

For those unfamiliar with the lore of the lard:

The Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival was the brainchild of a group of friends. The inaugural festival was held at the High Life Lounge in downtown Des Moines in 2008. The eighth annual festival in February attracted more than 14,000 people to the Iowa Events Center, according to organizers.

Information on tickets to the Las Vegas event are available on the festival's website,

Bacon Fest "Baconmania VIII"
Scenes from the eighth annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival.
Zach Boyden-Holmes