Delicious, sizzling bacon is riding an unprecedented wave of popularity in homes, restaurants and sandwich shops all across the country.

Why not celebrate!

That’s just what Kansas City organizers did Saturday, Aug. 27.

Benefitting the Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City, the celebration was the group’s third annual bacon extravaganza.

“We started out in 2009 with 300 participants and capped it this year at 1,500 to make sure we could produce a successful event and make sure everyone has a good time,” said Dana Chatlin, director of external affairs for the Rehabilitation Institute and organizer of the event.

Sponsored by Ameristar Cares, Farmland, and the Kansas City Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund, the event drew bacon lovers from several states.

Farmland, which markets bacon in all 50 states, donated the bacon for the event.

Other sponsors included Shook, Hardy and Bacon, Kansas Pork Association, Lockton Companies, Missouri Pork Association, Polsinelli Shughart, UMB Financial Corporation and XS Lighting, Sound and Visualization.

The event featured a bacon-eating contest, creative bacon recipe contest, live music and of course, many gourmet bacon appetizers, sandwiches and desserts created by local chefs and restaurants.

Attendees could even find samples of bacon flavored Bloody Mary’s.