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MAYOR STOTHERT TO PARDON “SAL” ON AUGUST 5 IN RECOGNITION OF THE SALVATION ARMY BACONFEST OMAHA

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.