Pretzel City Festival in Freeport

May 11, 2012

By Blair Thomas

Saturday, June 29, 2013 in Freeport, Illinois

Pretzel City Festival in 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 11th annual Pretzel City 5K at 7 a.m.-10 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.

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  1. Sue Pretzel (yes, really!) says:

    We just heard about this and think it would be a great family road trip some time. Is this an annual event? And if so, what is the date for 2013? This would be so fun!

  2. Jessy Yancey says:

    Hi Sue,

    For more information about next year’s Pretzel City Festival, call (877) 600-0346 ext. 901.

    Jessy Yancey
    editor, Illinois Partners