Wednesday, July 16, 2008


Bagelfest Is A Beautiful Bash

MATTOON, Ill. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – You don’t have to worry about drowning in dough at Bagelfest.

The 23rd Annual Bagelfest is bringing thousands of people to Mattoon, Illinois, tomorrow (Jul. 17) through Saturday (Jul. 19), but the festival is more about beauty than binging on bagels.

Though there’s a Lenders’ Bagels factory in Mattoon, the only time bagels are served – 22,000 of them – is at the Bagel Breakfast on Saturday (Jul. 19).

Festival Coordinator Kim Janssen says, “People just don’t want bagels all the time.”

Instead, Bagelfest focuses on beauty – there is a Beautiful Bagel Baby contest, a Miss Bagelfest pageant, and even a Bagel Bow-Wow contest for proud pooches barking their way through the bagel party.

With a carnival, parade, and live entertainment, Janssen says the Bagel-themed bash is a fantastic family event, and there’s even a beer tent, where adults can “toast” the celebration.

For more info, go to mattoonchamber.com.

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