2017 bacon festival court selected

| September 5, 2017

Six young ladies and three young men competed for the title of 2017 Appalachian Bacon Nation Festival King and Queen along with the best recipe. Hunter Hamilton was awarded the title of king while Rebekah Lillibridge won the best recipe trophy (center). Elle Coffman was announced as the queen. Kraft Foods sponsored a $500 scholarship awarded to the king and queen. The contest was held as part of the Appalachian Bacon Nation 2017 Festival held Saturday, Sept. 2 in downtown Coshocton. Mark Fortune | Beacon

COSHOCTON – Downtown Coshocton was the site of the Appalachian Bacon Nation Festival on Saturday, Sept. 2, following the First Friday event put on by Our Town Coshocton on Friday evening, Sept. 1. Brad Fuller, along with his wife Cathy, worked tirelessly alongside other volunteers to ensure that Coshocton, home to Kraft Foods premium bacon manufacturing plant, receives its due. Vendors, music and families strolled Main Street and the court square despite the weather on Saturday.

The king and queen contest kicked off at 2 p.m. with six young women and three young men vying for the title of 2017 Appalachian Bacon Nation Festival queen and king. The contest is open to any high school senior residing in Coshocton County. Lynn Els organized and coordinated the event. Female contestants were Elle Coffman, Carrie Hammond, Augusta Kinzel, Rebekah Lillibridge, Sydney Minton and Hannah Poorman. Male contestants were Noah Adelsberger, Hunter Hamilton and Quentin Wherley. When the judges tallied the points, Hunter Hamilton and Elle Coffman were announced the winners and presented with a crown, sash, trophy and a $500 scholarship from Kraft Foods.

Judges for the contest were Karen Henry, Jeff Wright and Jon Els. Part of the fun of the competition was for each participant to bring a recipe that contained bacon – and the young folks did not disappoint. Rebekah Lillibridge was announced the winner and received the trophy for the best recipe with her Cheesy Broccoli Bacon MacBites.

The event wrapped up with a bacon eating contest held at the gazebo on the court square.

Volunteers are needed to help make the 2018 Appalachian Bacon Nation Festival a success. Anyone interested in helping with the 2018 festival should contact Our Town Coshocton through the organization’s website at www.ourtowncoshocton.org or send an e-mail to [email protected].


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