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Folks pig out at Baconalia, Oklahoma's first-ever bacon festival

A bacon eating contest, pageant and hog-calling contest highlighted Baconalia, Oklahoma's first-ever bacon festival, held in Enid.
BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL Modified: August 29, 2010 at 1:50 am •  Published: August 29, 2010

— Eric Winscher had a plan. Drink water before. Find the crispiest bacon possible. Drink lots of water during.

His plan worked. He dominated the bacon-eating contest at Baconalia, the state's first bacon festival, held in a bar parking lot in Enid. About 150 people attended Saturday.

"I feel excellent," he said, breathless from the intense competition. "I feel energized with bacon."

The hog calling contest and Miss Piggy pageant aside, the bacon-eating competition was the highlight of the festival. Contestants were given paper plates piled high with bacon. Just bacon. Just a big, ol' pile of bacon.

Grease dripped over the edge or through the bottom. Grown men, little girls, everyone was ready.

The emcee counted down: "Three, two, one — eat bacon!"

This is what America is all about.

The crowd cheered and broke into a chant: "Pig! Pig! Pig!" One woman shouted encouragement: "Feel that grease goin' down smooth!" Wow. That's disgusting. "Please don't throw up!" the emcee shouted into the mic. "Please don't throw up! Please don't throw up!"

Thankfully, no one did. One man walked away, though, shaking his head and carrying a soggy paper plate piled with bacon.

To the winner: a trophy and heart disease. To the losers: just heart disease.

But it's OK. The proceeds from the festival will be given to the American Heart Association.

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