Markey's Produces Audiovisual Wonders for Bacon Festival


On January 31, 2015, the Iowa Events Center hosted the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival for the first time.  This event is very popular, attracting 14,000 attendees, and Markey’s was thrilled to help produce an event that comprises so many different stage settings and activities. Twelve of Markey’s best, from technicians to managers, provided the visual and audio professional services.

Band concerts were held on the Main Stage, as well as highly anticipated Bacon Eating Competition.  Markey’s provided a full concert sound system, including rigged JBL Line Array spakers, Meyer Doubl 18” Subwoofers, all microphones, mixer and processing racks.  The stage lighting comprised 24 rigged Par 56 backlights with colored gels.  For video projection, Markey’s incorporated two 15’ x 20’ rear projection screens with Christie 12k projectors.  Adding to the visual fun, a RoboCam was used to get up-close shots of the bands.  The feed from the Wrestling Stage (bacon-themed wrestling) in Hall A was also projected into the Main Stage room.



 The Wrestling Stage had 80 Par lights for the wrestling ring and microphone and music playing capabilities. In the “Bacon Strip,” the breakout rooms were reimagined as six different bar/lounges, each with its own theme.  Markey’s provided a professional technician to support musical acts where needed, as well as two-speaker sound systems. 
"Club Sizzle” in the Grand Ballroom was transformed into a nightclub, with moving ights, high-volume DJ music and special entertainment, including acrobatic performances and dancers.  Multiple varieties of Mac lights were used, and Markey’s also provided the PA for the DJ, which included a Mackie mixer and JBL 18” powered Subwoofers.
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