A nationwide obsession with bacon has led one group of local students to take advantage of the trend to help them raise money.
The Iowa Central Community College radio station, 88.1 The Point, will host its first Bacon Radio Social on May 3.
Rusty McNeil, the broadcasting coordinator for Iowa Central Broadcasting, said the student-run radio station decided to hold a bacon-themed fundraiser after noticing how popular the food has become.
"Everywhere you go, people are talking about bacon," McNeil said. "It's amazing to see how crazy people can get with it and still make it edible. We decided to try it and see what happens."
The fundraiser consists of a five-course meal, each course of which features bacon.
"All of the items will be bacon-inspired, bacon-wrapped or just flat-out bacon," McNeil said.
This includes everything from appetizers of bacon-wrapped scallops and bacon jalapeno poppers to a main course of braised pork belly, zucchini timbales and bacon garlic mash and a dessert featuring caramel praline ice cream in a bacon cup.
McNeil said the money that is raised from the Bacon Radio Social will be used to help the students travel to seminars and competitions.
"There's one in Chicago in September that they'd like to go to, as well as conferences like the Iowa Broadcasters Association," he said. "We might also be able to buy some small equipment upgrades with the money as well."
In addition to the food, McNeil said there will be door prizes and live entertainment.
Only 120 tickets are available for the event. They are $35 and can be purchased at the KICB studio.
"It's meant to be a good time and for people to have fun," he said. "I think everybody will have a wonderful time with it."