A World of SPAM(TM) Enthusiasts Expected to Gather in Austin, Minn., for SPAM JAM(TM) 2001
AUSTIN, Minn., June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- On Saturday, July 7, the city of Austin, Minn. (20,000), is expecting a crowd its own size to honor its most recognized product -- SPAM(R) luncheon meat. SPAM JAM(TM) 2001 festival will be a 15-hour celebration of SPAM(TM) lovers, by SPAM(TM) lovers and for SPAM(TM) lovers. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010509/HORMELLOGO ) Hormel Foods, the Austin-based company that makes SPAM(R) luncheon meat, anticipates more than 20,000 SPAM(TM) fans from across the country and around the world for the 11th annual event. Last year, visitors from 47 states and 17 foreign countries announced their presence by putting location pins in a huge world map. SPAM JAM(TM) begins at 7 a.m. on July 7 with a SPAM(TM) Rhyming Sign Contest Display and SPAM(TM) Fishing Contest. Physical, mental and hysterical challenges, including the SPAM(TM) Water Wars Game, SPAM(TM) Medallion Treasure Hunt, SPAM(TM) 25-mile Bike Race, SPAM(TM) 5-mile Run, SPAM(TM) Gelatin Jump, SPAM(TM) Recipe Contest, SPAM(TM) Suds Crawl, SPAM(TM) Titanic Slide and the SPAM(TM) Canoe Caravan will keep the day rolling. Entertainment throughout the day will include various musical attractions, including the SPAMETTES(TM) singing group along with the Twin Cities River Rats water ski show. An all-new attraction will be the SPAM(TM) Teen Fest which features Leep 27 and Sweet Mo Pea. Visitors will be allowed a "sneak preview" display of the new SPAM(TM) Museum scheduled to open in mid-September. In addition to contest prizes awarded throughout the day, a drawing will be held for a trip to Hawaii, long recognized as the "SPAM(TM) Capital of the World," where residents consume 5.3 million cans of the luncheon meat annually. Other awards include cash prizes, SPAM(R) visors, SPAM(TM) fanny packs, SPAM(R) sweatshirts and SPAM(R) oven roasted turkey banks. "SPAM(R) luncheon meat has been an important piece of Americana for more than 60 years," said Julie H. Craven, director of public relations for Hormel Foods. "SPAM JAM(TM) provides a wonderful opportunity for both young and old to get together, have fun and pay tribute to a food that's remained a favorite for decades and provided an endless number of meals for people all over the world." SPAM JAM(TM) enthusiasts will dine on SPAM(TM) cuisine and are expected to consume more than 3,000 cans of SPAM(R) luncheon meat, from SPAMBURGER(R) hamburgers to SPAM(TM) kabobs to SPAM(TM) pizza and SPAM(TM) egg rolls. SPAM JAM(TM), an annual event since 1991, is part of a four-day SPAM(TM)TOWN USA Festival in Austin, Minn., which runs from July 4 through July 8. This year's SPAM JAM(TM) will be a prelude celebration leading up to the SPAM(TM) Museum opening. For more information on SPAM JAM(TM), visit http://www.spam-jam.com . The site features a calendar of events, entry forms, hotel/motel and restaurant information and directions to SPAM(TM)TOWN USA. You may also call the SPAM(TM)TOWN USA Festival Office at 507-437-3448 or send an e-mail request to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a copy of the 32-page SPAM JAM(TM) event and registration information booklet. MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X42202466
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