The president of the United States has pardoned a turkey on Thanksgiving Day since the days of Abraham Lincoln. In Omaha, Mayor Jean Stothert will pardon a pig on behalf of The Salvation Army‘s BaconFest Omaha.
The pardoning of the appropriately named “Sal” (“Sal“, of course, is short for Salvation) will take place at 2 p.m., on Monday, Aug. 5 at the Omaha/Douglas Civic Center on the Martin Luther King Plaza, 18th & Farnam Streets.
BaconFest will be held Sunday, Aug. 11 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.. The event is an important fundraiser for the Kroc Center. Proceeds will provide scholarships for under-served families in Omaha so that they can participate in the program services that enrich their lives at The Salvation Army Joan Kroc Corps Community Center.
BaconFest will be a day of vendor booths, local bands and bacon-inspired cuisine with entertainment and fun family activities. Highlights include a chef’s competition. The Farmland Bacon Cook Off begins at 4:00 pm. Celebrity judges will announce the winners at 5:15 pm.
Major Todd Thielke, Senior Kroc Center Officer, will introduce Mayor Stothert at the Aug. 5 pardoning.
Also present will be “Sal’s” owner, 8-year-old Landri Loos, and her mother, Kelli from Kearney, Neb. Landri is an active 4-H member.
Tickets are available at all metro HyVee stores, Crave at Midtown Crossing and the Kroc Center at 2825 Y St. Prices are $25 for adults and $5 for children, ages 5-12. Children under age 5 admitted free.
Tickets (for general admission and children 5-12 years) include $5 worth of Bacon Bucks to be used to taste and vote for the bacon recipe competition and an all-day pass to the Kroc Center.