International Bacon Day Festival

By Jason Gargano

Bacon tastes good. Certainly much better than pork chops or hamor anything else made from a pig. Just ask the contestants at theWorld Bacon Eating Championship, which is part of the InternationalBacon Day Festival 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at the Blue AshRecreation Center (4433 Cooper Road).

Several of America’s most impressive competitive eaterswill be on hand for the 3 p.m. “pork-slappin’chowdown,” including Columbus native Mark “The HumanVacuum” Lyle, whose résumé features a national TacoEating Championship and two National Chicken Wing Eating titles,and Cleveland native “Tiny” Tim Rauschede, whosecredits include an Ohio State Pierogi Eating Championship.

The dog-friendly Purina-sponsored “Beggin’ Bark& Bacon Bash” portion of the day features cooking demosby Top Chef finalist/bacon enthusiast Kevin Gillespie; a bacon mazefor dogs; an attempt to set the mark for “Loudest Bark”in the Guinness Book of World Records; something called“Incredible Dog Team Performances”; and a bacon petcostume contest (we’re in the dark on this one).

The event, which includes complimentary bacon, is free and opento the public. Best of all is the rumor that CityBeat’sofficial mascot, a Hairless Chinese Crested named Harry Gargano,might make a special appearance.

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