Bacon Expo at Iowa State draws crowds

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The second annual Bacon Expo at Iowa State University held on November 8 was considered a huge success, as students and other bacon enthusiasts showed up in full force for samples, entertainment and education.

According to an article by Chrissy Dittmer in the Iowa State Daily, an important component of the event was to teach visitors about the pork industry and how producers are helping to feed the world.

“Visitors started the event with a video explaining the role the pork industry plays in feeding a growing global population with an increasing demand for animal protein. A statistic in the video quoted ‘by the year 2050 the world will need a 50 percent increase in pork products,’” stated the article.

Elizabeth Glover, 2014 Iowa State Fair Queen, made an appearance at the expo at the request of the Iowa State Fair Board. Dittmer’s article states, “As a 4-H member, Glover said she is familiar with animals and projects, but enjoyed learning about the pork industry. ‘I had no idea what to expect,’ she said, ‘but I have been definitely learning more about the pork industry and how it impacts Iowa and the world.’”

Organizers were pleased with the turn-out, indicating attendance was significantly up from the previous year. And there was increased interest from community members in addition to students.

“That makes us look awesome as a student body,” said Shelby Fields in the article. “Educating people and giving them hands on experience is great.”

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