Bellevue native and professional competitive eater Molly Schuyler will compete against four others to determine who can eat four pounds of bacon the fastest as a prelude to Omaha's annual BaconFest next month.
The Farmland Bacon Speed Eating Challenge takes place at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Hy-Vee store at South 180th and Pacific streets. Bacon samples and activities for children with musical entertainment by Marcos & Sabor will all be part of the event. Attendees will be able to enter a grand prize drawing for a $100 gift card to Hy-Vee, $100 of Farmland products or tickets to BaconFest, to be held Sunday, September 7th from 1-6 p.m. at the Salvation Army Kroc Center near South 30th and Y streets.
BaconFest is a fundraiser for the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center. All proceeds go to the Kroc Scholarship Fund, which keeps memberships and programs affordable for the community and provides scholarships for Omaha families in need.
Tickets for BaconFest Omaha are available online at omahakroc.org/baconfest. Tickets will also be available the day of the event. Prices are $25 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-17. Children 4 and under receive free admission.
Schuyler has competed across the country in various eating challenges and holds the record for consuming the Stellanator at Stella’s Bar and Grill in Bellevue in just three minutes and 40 seconds. This will likely be Schuyler’s last local appearance. Her husband is in the Air Force and is being transferred to California. She still plans to enter national competitions.
Schuyler was at Thursday's media event where Mayor Jean Stothert "pardoned" a pig. "(The pig) was staring me down a bit," said Schuyler. "I feel bad, I'm not going to eat the pig. It's a pet. It was an evil glare though!"