About National Bagelfest Day
BagelFest is a 5-day celebration that takes place in Mattoon, Illinois.
The idea for the event is credited to Murray Lender, owner of Bagel Factory and Lender’s Bagels. When the Bagel Factory first came to the town of Mattoon, Illinois, Lender hosted a free bagel breakfast for all the citizen of the city. This breakfast eventually evolved into a multiple-day festival that celebrates the community every year.
Every year the festival has a Miss BagelFest Contest, a Bagel Baby Contest, a parade and live music.