Pretzel City Festival in Freeport Pretzel City Festival in Freeport

Pretzel City Festival in Freeport

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Saturday, June 27, 2015 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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