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Hampton kicks Spring weekend off with a bang

The Atlanta Motor Speedway hosted the Bacon Chase 5K, where more than 1,000 runners clad in their best piggy wear ran like wild hogs around the speedway grounds. (Photo By Rachel Shirey)

The Atlanta Motor Speedway hosted the Bacon Chase 5K, where more than 1,000 runners clad in their best piggy wear ran like wild hogs around the speedway grounds. (Photo By Rachel Shirey)

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Runners dressed up in piggy ears, tails and noses as they ran in the name of bacon Saturday morning. (Photo By Rachel Shirey)

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The first few runners managed to complete the race in nearly 20 minutes, while race officials prepared unlimited bacon and Bloody Mary’s for participants. (Photo By Rachel Shirey)

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Each mile marker station offered cups of bacon bits along with water to the racers, who mostly left the bacon untouched. Some would grab the cup and sprinkle the bacon bits like glitter along the 3.1 mile course that led the runners through the stadium’s stands or shoot it like a shot before continuing on their way. (Photo By Rachel Shirey)

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This year’s festival had vendors ranging from insurance agents, schools, bungee jumping, pony rides, rock climbing, live chickens and ducks, clothing, crafts, homemade goods and more while music played in the background. (Photo By Rachel Shirey)

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Hampton hosted their sixth annual Yellow Pollen Festival on their downtown strip Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. with more than 100 vendors offering a range of crafts, activities, homemade goods and food. (Photo By Rachel Shirey)

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Event organizer Arley Lowe said that almost 80 percent of all vendors are repeat vendors from previous years, but that didn’t stop them from having to turn down nearly 30 vendors this year. (Photo By Rachel Shirey)

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The Yellow Pollen Festival offered a wide selection of family fun activities including shopping for the adults and activities such as face painting for the kids. (Photo By Rachel Shirey)

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As families shopped and enjoyed the sunshine, several families took breaks to allow the kids to play on the blow up slides, pony rides or bungee jumping opportunities. (Photo By Rachel Shirey

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This year the Yellow Pollen Festival even had a rock wall for kids to enjoy, while their parents continued on with their shopping. (Photo by Rachel Shirey)

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As runners trickled across the finish line, the line in front of the bacon stations grew and many hung around to chat leisurely with friends and enjoy their breakfast before continuing on their way. (Photo By Rachel Shirey)

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As the horn blared and the runners hit the pavement, the Bacon Chase piggy mascot led the crowd until he puttered out and later encouraged runners with high fives to keep trudging along. (Photo By Rachel Shirey)

HAMPTON — As spring pushes the winter blues to the curb, Hampton kicks off the season with its Yellow Pollen Festival and Bacon Chase 5K.

Atlanta Motor Speedway hosted the Bacon Chase 5K Saturday, when more than 1,000 runners clad in their best piggy wear ran like wild hogs around the speedway grounds and were offered unlimited bacon and a Bloody Mary drinks.

Runners, residents and visitors alike enjoyed nice weather at the Sixth Annual Yellow Pollen Festival along the downtown strip with more than 100 vendors offering crafts, activities, homemade goods and food.