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

I have to say, Baconalia was the best-smelling festival I've ever been to.

There was even a cooking competition.

Enid resident Debra Vogt won the top prize for best bacon dessert with her spicy pumpkin bacon waffles. She ran out of samples before I had the chance to try them, but they sounded delicious.

"Everybody loves waffles, right?" she said.

I could not disagree.

She served her dish up with bacon-infused syrup. Vogt, a Garfield County court reporter, said she loves to cook and will probably pull the recipe out in the future.

Vogt volunteered at the festival, spending some time at the serving tent. She pulled hot bacon out of a foil-lined cooler, dropped it onto paper plates and handed it out to the masses.

"There are a lot of bacon lovers," she said. "They were saying, 'I want all of the bacon you've got.'"

It would be impossible to eat all the bacon they had. My husband and I together ate half a plate. Our all-inclusive festival tickets included seven more plates of free bacon between the two of us. Well, I guess it was seven plates for the three of us, but when we offered our 11-month-old daughter a tiny bit, she just threw it to the ground.

Maybe she's a vegetarian. Good thing she wasn't in the eating contest against Eric Winscher.