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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.


  1. Sue Pretzel (yes, really!)

    July 28, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    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

    July 30, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Hi Sue,

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

    Jessy Yancey
    editor, Illinois Partners

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