Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival Jr.


The Science Center of Iowa, in partnership with the organizers of the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival, will host a bacon-centric educational event aimed at engaging families in science through the mysteries of bacon.

Sunday, January 26th

12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

at the Science Center of Iowa

For vendor opportunities, contact

What happens at Bacon Festival Jr.?

Bacon Expo: The main event will feature vendors from Central Iowa and hundreds of pounds of bacon courtesy of Farmland Foods. Samples will be available from vendors featuring the best bacon dishes around.

Live Science Demonstrations: Programs will include The Secret Science of Bacon and Pig Tales (Storytime in the Star Theater Planetarium).

Guest Speakers: Hear Leo Landis, the “Bacon Professor,” speak about the bacon basics in the John Deere Adventure Theater.

PassPork: Use your senses and get your “PassPork” stamped to become a CertiFRIED Baconologist.

Pig Petting Zoo: Meet micro mini pigs from Rolling Hills Stables.

Pig Calling Contest: Join us at 3:00 pm in Founders Hall for a demonstration on hog calling and participate for your chance to win a four-pack of Hollywood IMAX tickets.

Jr. Bacon Chef Contest: Like SCI on Facebook to learn about our Jr. Bacon Chef Contest. Children ages 4-12 will have the chance to win admission to Bacon Festival Jr. by submitting an original recipe featuring bacon.

Other activities include:

  • Photo Ops with the Bacon Queen and Pork Queen

Ticket Prices Adult Child (ages 2-12) Senior 65+ Under 2**
Member $5 $5 $5 FREE
Non Member $11* $7* $10* FREE*

*All non-member tickets purchased online will be charged an additional $2 convenience fee per ticket

**Tickets for children under the age of 2 are free of charge, will not be charged a convenience fee, and do not include "Bacon Bucks".

SCI Member Pricing

Admission to the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival Jr. is only $5 for SCI Members! Event tickets must be purchased in advance. Once tickets are sold out, no walk-up admission will be granted.

Please have your membership number (listed on back of membership card) ready during checkout. Refer to your membership level for the number of tickets you can purchase at the member price.

1+1 / Mixology Duo: Two tickets

Family / Grand: Number in family (listed on back of membership card)

Family +2 / Grand +2: Number in family (listed on back of membership card) PLUS two

Are you a new SCI Member? Please call the SCI Sales Office, (515) 274-6868 ext. 222, for assistance.

Bacon Festival Jr. Sponsors

Blue Ribbon Sponsor: Iowa Pork Producers Association

Red Ribbon Sponsor: Farmland Foods

Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival

Bacon Festival Jr.

"What started as a groups’ passion for 'all things bacon' has evolved into the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival and Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour." - Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival

Davinci - The Genius