Pork Lovers Converge on Bacon Festival in Des Moines

This Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012 photo shows a package of Bacon at a home in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. A British farming organization is predicting a worldwide shortage of bacon and pork in 2013. The National Pig Association says global drought conditions are driving up the price of grain, a major staple in hog feed. It says pig farmers around the world are selling their herds because retail prices are not rising fast enough to cover the cost of record-high pig-feed costs. (The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)

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By Liz Blood

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Thousands of people are gathering in Des Moines to celebrate all things bacon.

More than 10,000 pounds of bacon will be available to people at the annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival in Des Moines. More than 8,000 people from around the country are expected to attend Saturday's event at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

The festival will include a lot of bacon sampling, lectures, an eating competition and bacon-inspired dishes. A traveling group of bacon enthusiasts from Iceland will be in attendance as special guests.

Earlier events ahead of the festival included a bacon queen pageant and a pig pardon by Gov. Terry Branstad.

Tickets for this year's event sold out in just over three minutes.

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