As temperatures topped the 100 degree mark, bacon was not the only thing sizzling at Trainer Borough’s first-ever Bacon Fest last weekend.
Area residents braved double-digit temperatures to partake in a variety of bacon-inspired treats such as bacon cheeseburgers, bacon wings, bacon wrapped shrimp, mini bacon hot dogs, and more.
“I’m having a very good time today, even with the heat,” said Marcus Hook resident Bill Gronus. “I wish I got here earlier so I could have tasted more.”
The event was the brainchild of Trainer resident Michele Merritt Holloman and Council Vice President Joe Maher, both of whom were there all day at Henry Johnson Park to make sure everything went as planned.
In addition to food, vendors were selling their wares, which included crafts, home-made jewelry, Tupperware, and a variety of clothing.
“I think this is a really great turnout for the first year,” said Trainer resident Jennifer Fazier, who was enjoying the day with several members of her family. “It’s something different, and, you know everybody loves bacon.”
A bacon contest was held in divisions: savory/hot, sweet/hot, savory/cold, sweet/hot; and sweet/cold.
The judges included borough residents Michael Brown, Michael Carter, and Debbie Johnson Devore, granddaughter of Henry Johnson, after whom the park was named.
Winners of the bacon cook-off contest include: Jacob Maher, bacon wrapped shrimp; Alex Maher, bacon kugel; Ann Marie Merritt, bacon deviled eggs; and Gail Cheyney McKay, toffee bacon candy. Each winner was awarded $100.
“This has been a lot of fun,” said Danielle Mann. “The smell of bacon is great.”