Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival Jr.


Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival Jr. at the Science Center of Iowa... We promise we won’t go bacon your heart!

SCI, in partnership with the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival, will host a bacon-centric educational event aimed at engaging families in science through the mysteries of bacon. Enjoy bacon-inspired science programs and games, and use Bacon Bucks to sample a variety of goodies at the Bacon Expo, including savory slices and sweet treats.

Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival Jr.
Sunday, February 14
12:00 – 5:00 pm
at the Science Center of Iowa

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Tickets are limited and on sale now: Purchase tickets (Click "Buy Tickets To," then February 14)



  • Enjoy FREE slices of bacon throughout the day provided by Farmland
  • Sample a variety of bacon goodies at the Bacon Expo
  • See sizzling science experiments
  • Compete in a hog-calling contest
  • Climb, crawl, hop, skip and stretch in Geometry Playground
  • Play "Minute to Win It" games
  • Catch a book reading and signing by Pippy the Pig author Lori Ferris
  • Fold a "pork-igami" paper craft
  • Make your own "When Pigs Fly" zipline flyer



The main event features vendors from Central Iowa and HUNDREDS of pounds of bacon! Along with free bacon slices, assorted bacon foods will be available from vendors for 1 to 5 Bacon Bucks.

  • Berkwood Farms
  • Iowa Machine Shed
  • Roadside Tacos
  • SCI's Food Chain Cafe
  • Webster City Custom Meats



Tickets are limited and on sale now: Purchase tickets (Click "Buy Tickets To," then February 14) 
*Pre-purchase is preferred so we can give our vendors an accurate number. If event doesn't sell out, tickets may be purchased at the door on Sunday, February 14.

With the purchase of a ticket, attendees receive admission to SCI and Bacon Expo. Tickets also include admission to Geometry Playground and RACE: Are We So Different?, SCI's two traveling exhibitions. Bacon Bucks must be purchased separately.

  • Adult non-member* = $15
  • Child non-member (ages 5-12)*: $10
  • Children under 5: FREE
  • SCI Member = FREE



Blue Ribbon Sponsor: Farmland

White Ribbon Sponsor: Iowa Pork Producers

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