On Friday, February 8, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad along with delegates from both the Iowa Bacon Board and Reykjavik, Iceland Bacon Board will meet at the Governor’s mansion on Terrace Hill for an inaugural Pig Pardoning. The purpose of the occasion is to honor Iowa’s tastiest export and celebrate its powers in bridging cultural divides and deepening international friendships.
Chair of the Reykjavik Bacon Board, Bogi Guðmundsson, commented on the venue. “We are truly honored to be invited to Terrace Hill for this special occasion. The Governor’s mansion is a cultural crossroads where delegates from the bacon-loving countries of China, Japan, Soviet Union, and Germany have been guests.” Chair of the Iowa Bacon Board, Brooks Reynolds, added, “We are honored, as well, to host our Icelandic friends while we all pay homage to pigs for bringing us together.”
The pig to be pardoned is named Bonnie. She is a 100% pure heirloom Berkshire sow. Eden Farms, a coalition of independent family farmers in Iowa, has offered her up for the occasion. Following the festival on Saturday, Bonnie will return home. Nick Jones of Eden Farms explained, “Bonnie is a good little pig, and we’ll be happy to care for her as she feasts on grains and lives a long and fruitful life on the farm.”
The inaugural Pig Pardoning ceremony will be followed on Saturday by the SOLD OUT 6th Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival– Viking Bacon Quest “A Journey to the Land of Fire…and Ice…and Bacon!” The world’s premiere bacon festival, held at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, begins at 10 a.m. and goes until 5 p.m. There attendees will revel in a festive international celebration where bacon enthusiasts can truly explore and express their love for bacon in a fun, imaginative and supportive atmosphere. When asked why a group of 12 Icelanders would voyage all the way to Iowa in the middle of February, Guðmundsson responded, “Bacon fellowship has no borders”.