Boys Scouts Troop 182 will Patrol BACooN Crossings

Thanks again to Boy Scouts Troop 182 from Ankeny that will be stationed at all 46 crossings of roadways during the BACooN RIDE in their bright orange BACooN PATROL shirts!  Their role is to alert you that their is an intersection/crossing and to warn if there is an oncoming vehicle or other potential hazards.  They will not inform you that the intersection is CLEAR as that is to be determined by the rider.

The boys will be selling water $1 and Gatorade $2 at their crossings throughout the day as fundraisers for them to go to Summer Camp or High Adventure Camp.

Thanks again to Troop 182!

BACooN Spotlight: Perry

The historic Hotel Pattee in Perry is proud to participate in the annual BACooN Ride on June 16th.  Please make this one of your key stops during the ride.  We will have entertainment, beer, Bloody Marys, and BACON.  We will also be offering for sale Bacon Cheeseburgers and Brats AND our famous Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies.  Tents will be set up for your convenience and comfort and give you a bit of shade to enjoy your drinks and food.  We look forward to seeing and serving you!

Your PassPORK item is BACON Samples from Berkwood Farms in Perry!


BACooN RIDE 5 Packet Pick-Up

This year packet pick-up has been extended again to include a downtown Des Moines packet pick-up on Wednesday and Thursday in addition to the regular packet pick-up at the event site in Waukee.

You will need to bring your printed receipted or be prepared to show receipt on your mobile device.

Wednesday, June 13 & Thursday, June 14, 2018
12 noon – 6pm
Downtown – Des Moines Register lobby
Capital Square Atrium (400 Locust)

Friday, June 15, 2018
5pm – 8pm
Centennial Park (in the beverage garden)

Saturday, June 16, 2018
6am – 9am
Centennial Park (at the ride start)

BACooN Spotlight: Linden

Linden is going to turn up the heat, and the cool for BACooN 18!

The Iowa Beer Bus will be parked in Linden and pouring some tasty drinks!  Sally Anne’s homemade ice cream returns with all their creamy goodness.  Berkwood Farms cheddar brats, snack sticks and jerky samples will be on hand too. The incomparable James Biehn will once again delight you with some of the best singing and guitar picking in Iowa. Red Bull specials will fuel your final legs of the ride, along with your favorite beers, including Barntown and Grain Belt Blu, Mules on tap, vodka lemonades and a cocktail bar.

It’s gonna be hot you say? The Linden Fire Department will be offering cool downs from a fire truck!  The Panora Boy Scouts will be there again for all your water, gatorade and snack needs.

Note: The location has moved to the SE side of the shelter house.

BACooN Spotlight: Redfield

Harvey’s Diner & Pub welcomes the BACooN RIDE 5 to Redfield!  Your second to last stop will feature four types of generously donated Hormel Black Label Bacon:  Black pepper and brown sugar, Cajun, sesame, honey soy and regular house smoked bacon.

Relax in our grapevine covered beer garden.  Enjoy ice cold tall boys, house made whiskey peach tea, Harvey’s signature blueberry Moscow Mules, and seasonal local draft brews.  There will be live music, games and fun friendly crew!

Don’t forget to stop at the Redfield Development booth, where you can enjoy some family PB & J’s.  This is not your typical PB& J…. It’s a Jalapeno pepper stuffed with Peanut Butter, and has a thick piece of bacon wrapped around it!  It is cooked to perfection, and the perfect mix of ingredients, that will make you want to come back for more!

Walking around that day will be Redfield’s Bacon Queen.  Don’t forget to get your pictures taken with her!  She loves it.

Welcome to Redfield!

BACooN Spotlight: Dallas Center Twisted Corn Tavern

The Twisted Corn Tavern in Dallas Center will be the first stop on the BACooN RIDE 5!

The PassPORK will land you a delicious  from Hy Vee.

There will be live music from Fahrenheit from 7:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M.

The Tall Corn will also be serving these for purchase:
$4 Food Options: Taquitos with Bacon Queso and Bacon Breakfast Pizza with gravy
$4 Booze Options: Assortment of tall boys, Bloody Marys, Mimosas

You don’t want to miss out on all the BACON that would be coming your way!

Your PassPORK will get you…. BACON Taco! BACON Donut! BACON Samples! BACON Corn Dog! BACON Nachos! Pulled PORK Slider! Caramel BACON Rice Krispy Bars! More BACON Samples!

Registration goes up $10 June 13th

BACooN Spotlight: Waukee Post Party at Mickeys Irish Pub

Mickey’s Irish Pub in Waukee is the official Finish Line Post Party for Bacoon 5!

Your last bacon stop on your Passpork, will be featuring Amy’s Double Layer Caramel BACON Rice Krispie Bars!  We will be serving up Tacos, Nachos and BACON Queso Burgers on our food Stand.

We will be serving up Cold Beer Tallboys and Smirnoff Vodka Cocktails and Bacon Cherry soaked Fireball Shots!!!! Bags and games will be around for fun. We are featuring two live bands: 3-7pm John Adams Experience (Outside Stage) and 7-11pm Bad Friends (Inside Stage)!

We have plenty of parking and Mickey’s is within walking or biking distance to Centennial Park in Waukee. On the day of the event we will be opening at 7am for Bacon Bloody Mary’s to get your day started off on the right!


BACooN RIDE 5 Registration is Now Open!

Registration for the BACooN RIDE 5 is now open!  The event is presented by RAGBRAI, the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival and the Iowa Bicycle Coalition and will be held on Saturday, June 16, 2018!  Not only will the BACooN RIDE 5 be great fun, but 100% of the proceeds benefits the Iowa Bicycle Coalition, RAGBRAI’s Dream Team and other great Iowa charities!

The BACooN RIDE 5 registration is $50 (before May 1st) includes:

  • Numerous BACON stops featuring BACON snacks and samples throughout the day (You will receive approximately 9 BACON items at these BACON stops throughout the ride!)
  • BACON-themed lunch
  • A commemorative PassPORK (punch card for your BACON treats!)
  • Awesome drink specials at numerous BACON party stops (including BACON-themed drinks)
  • Custom BACooN RIDE 5 Moisture-wicking Performance T-shirt
  • Commemorative BACooN RIDE 5 slap coozie
  • Ride support/mechanics


Registration Fees:

Before May 1 – $50
Before June 1 – $60
Before June 10 – $70
Before June 13 – $80
Before June 14 – $90
Before June 15 – $100

 register today at