ALGONA - A celebration of one of America's favorite pizza toppings will return to Algona this weekend.
The Second Annual Pepperoni Festival will kick off with a recipe contest at 2 p.m. Saturday and will continue into the evening with a variety of activities.
The recipe contest will feature three categories, including appetizers, main courses and desserts. Entries for the recipe contest will be accepted through 5 p.m. Friday. All entrants will receive a free package of pepperoni.
At 3 p.m. there will be a pizza eating contest. The dunk tank, inflatables and kids games will be open on the Carnegie Lawn south of downtown.
New this year will be a craft beer fest from 2 to 5 p.m. Cost for the beer fest is $25 and includes a commemorative glass and samples of craft beers from more than 20 breweries. A portion of all beer festival ticket sales will benefit the Kossuth County CARE Team.
"There will be around 50 to 75 different craft beers to sample," said Vicki Mallory, executive director of the Algona Chamber of Commerce. "Last year we had a very successful wine walk and decided this year to try a beer walk which worked well in connection with the Pepperoni Festival."
From 5 to 7 p.m. there will be live music and the beer garden will open at 7:30 p.m. A free street dance featuring the band Standing Hampton will begin at 8 p.m.
The Algona Chamber hosts the event with Hormel, which has its largest pepperoni production plant in Algona.
"Hormel has been a great corporate citizen in Algona and we had wanted to do something with them for many years," said Mallory. "That is how we came up with the Pepperoni Festival. We had a lot of fun with it last year and hope we can grow and make it bigger and better each year."