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Don't miss Thursday's 2016 Bacon Queen Pageant

Warm up for Saturday’s Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival at the annual Bacon Queen Pageant on Thursday. The event starts at 7 p.m. and will take place at Johnny’s Hall of Fame, 302 Court Ave. It's free and open to the public.

The crowned bacon queen will receive a prize package, which includes four VIP Tickets to the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival with a bag full of goodies, one room at the Savery Hotel, hair and makeup Saturday morning from Lindsey Mollenhauer, riding in the St. Paddy's Day parade and a $500 cash prize. 

The top four finalists receive two VIP tickets to the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival with a goodie bag.

Here are the ten finalists competing to be crowed this year’s queen:

  • Haley Kern
  • Allison Schafer
  • Jen Davis
  • Amanda Dirkx
  • Suzanne Ankerstjerne
  • Morgen Hatfield
  • Allison Hall
  • Monica Price
  • Michelle Rasool
  • Victoria Bustamante

Who are these lovely, bacon-loving contestants? Come to the pageant to find out. Last year’s queen was Abigail Lill.

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