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BRINGING HOME THE BACON

Dell’Osso Farms has become ‘the place’ to have fun

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BRINGING HOME THE BACON

Bacon Alley crews get in some test runs of preparing bacon for this weekend’s Baconfest at Dell’Osso Family Farm in Lathrop.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin/


POSTED September 8, 2017 1:18 a.m.

Ron and Susan Dell’Osso are bringing home the bacon to San Joaquin County.
In any given year more than 200,000 people make their way to their farm whether it is for the Pumpkin Maze, Holidays on the Farm, Mud Run on the Farm or this weekend’s second annual Baconfest.
Accumulative attendance at the marquee Dell’Osso farm events in Lathrop along Interstate 5 between the 120 Bypass and Interstate 5 is now approaching the 3 million mark.
The hosts of this weekend’s Baconfest focused on “bacon, beer, and bands” provide seasonal jobs for 1,600 people to prepare for — and operate — the events that are up and running for a sixth of the year.
The biggest by far is the Pumpkin Maze that now draws 200,000 plus people during the month of October after starting out 21 years ago with an initial turnout of 30,000.
Some 30,000 also attended the first Baconfest last year. The event this year is Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets online or at the gate are $25 for adults and $12.50 for children 14 under. That includes access to two stages of entertainment as well as a wide array of kid’s rides including the Dell’Osso Express train, kids’ roller coaster, mini Ferris wheel, bounce pillows, spinning pumpkin, pedal car speedway and more. The only attractions with a charge are the pumpkin blasters and the gem mining. There are more than 100 vendors including numerus bacon food options, beer and wine. The entry ticket also lets you see amateur and professional cooking and bacon eating contests.
Parking is free. You can regain entry the same day you purchase a ticket for with the wrist band and hand stamp.
As workers were gearing up for the weekend on Thursday, Susan Dell’Osso was munching on her favorite bacon food — bacon mac cheese. The mac and cheese doesn’t have bacon mixed in it, Instead the bacon is infused in the pasta.
Turning part of the farm into an agri-tourist attraction took hold a little over 21 years ago when Ron Dell’Osso — the third generation farmer – and Susan who is the project manager for Cambay Group’s River Islands at Lathrop project  — fell in love.
It was always Ron’s dream to have a pumpkin patch and corn maze. They went to their first corn maze in Napa and decided to take the plunge.
The Baconfest was born after Ron and Sunnyvalley Meats of Manteca owner Bill Andreetta started talking about the possibility at races where a driver both sponsored — Jacob Gomes — was competing.
Baconfest information and tickets are available online at www.baconfest.com.

To contact Dennis Wyatt, email dwyatt@mantecabulletin.com

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