By Blair Thomas
June 30, 2012, Freeport, Illinois
This town has a history with pretzels. So many pretzels, in fact, that it took on the name Pretzel City, USA, when the resident Billerbeck Bakery – established in 1869 – flooded the local marketplace with an overabundance of crispy baked pretzels.
Since then, Freeport has embraced its namesake and each year celebrates the baked, knot-like dough with the Pretzel City Festival.
This year, the event kicks off June 30 in Krape Park with the 10th annual Pretzel City 5K at 8 a.m. The rest of the day includes food, entertainment, craft vendors, a petting zoo, a dunk tank, pony rides, a cardboard boat regatta, the pretzel recipe contest, birdhouse building and an evening movie.
For more information, call (877) 600-0346 ext. 901.