Not to disparage the fine state of Iowa, but I’ve never had the compulsion to go there. I’ve probably driven through it on one of my family’s many road trips across the country, but I can’t say I remember anything about it. So why, now, do I wish I had a weekend pass to Des Moines? One word: BACONFEST!

blue-ribbon-bacon-festivalThis one-day party only started last year, but it must have been a smash. Of the 300 tickets that were available to this Saturday’s event, there are zero left. So even if you decided to make a mad dash for it, you’d be out of luck. Sold out. Sorry suckers.

The day begins with Bacon Bloody Marys, and there are eight different menu items being served throughout the day. Attendees will hear a bacon invocation, three lectures on bacon, and be invited to enter the bacon eating contest. Not to mention a beer hour on the patio. All this for just $32.50? Total bargain. I’m definitely adding this to¬† my 2010 itinerary.