Put some sizzle in your Saturday


If you haven't purchased tickets to the third annual ISU Bacon Expo, the mouth-watering smell of sizzling bacon wafting through Ames' atmosphere on Saturday surely will draw you in.

The popular, student-run event takes place Oct. 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center, 2516 Mortensen Road. Advanced tickets, available online at MIDWESTIX, are $12 ($10 for students; $8 for kids ages 6-10; free for kids 5 and younger). Prices at the door are $15 ($10 for students and kids).

This year's expo loses the punch cards. That means visitors can enjoy as many bacon samples as their stomachs can handle, without paying extra. Any bacon left at the end of the day will be donated to Food at First. Proceeds from the event also will support the Puppy Jake Foundation and the Wounded Warrior Project.

Visitors will enjoy live entertainment, a live pig display, educational activities and information booths about the pork industry. Attendees also will learn about the "Gate-to-Plate" message, showcasing how pork gets from the farm to the dinner plate. Bacon Expo and vendor merchandise will be available for purchase.

For the latest updates about the ISU Bacon Expo, follow the event's Facebook and Twitter accounts.