Ninth Annual SPAM(TM) Jam Kicks Off July 3 Nickelodeon Game Lab and Angelica the Rugrat Highlight 1999 Activities

Jul 03, 1999, 01:00 ET from Hormel Foods

    AUSTIN, Minn., July 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The following release was issued
 today by Hormel Foods:
     Residents of Austin, Minn., are flipping back the tab and pulling the lid
 off the ninth annual SPAM(TM) Jam, a celebration of their world-famous
 hometown luncheon meat.
     With millions of SPAM(TM) fans around the globe, SPAM(TM) Jam is expected
 to attract more than 20,000 people to join in this year's festivities.  The
 day will begin at 7 a.m. with SPAM(TM) Rhyming Sign and SPAM(TM) Fishing
 Contests, and activities, entertainment and contests running throughout the
 day until about 6 p.m.
     This year's SPAM(TM) Jam showcases new attractions for the whole family to
 enjoy.  The Nickelodeon Game Lab will host two shows in the afternoon at
 SPAM(TM) Hill.  The Game Lab is a popular feature on the Nickelodeon
 television network using a variety of methods to splat and slime kids and
 their parents.  Audience members will be chosen at random to participate in
 games such as "Musical Pies" and "Chicken Catch-a-Tori," and one child will be
 chosen at the end of each show to be "slimed" in front of the crowd.  A
 beloved "Rugrat" also will be involved in this year's SPAM(TM) Jam.  Angelica,
 from the popular Nickelodeon series, Rugrats, will meet and greet kids all
     Music genres from rock to country to bluegrass will entertain this year's
 SPAM(TM) Jammers, and Austin's own SPAMETTES(TM) singing group will perform at
 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.  Magician Norm Barnhardt and the Juggling Rolla Bolla also
 will showcase their talents to amuse SPAM(TM) fans young and old.
 SPAM(TM)tastic Competitions
     Games and contests featuring a SPAM(TM) theme play a big role in SPAM(TM)
 Jam.  Most games have little or no entry fee, and prizes range from SPAM(TM)
 key chains to cash.  Running throughout the day, activities will include:
     --    SPAM(TM) Bungee Run
     --    SPAM(TM) Suds Crawl
     --    SPAM(TM) Gelatin Jump
     --    SPAM(TM) Bouncing Boxing
     --    SPAM(TM) Mini Golf
     --    SPAM(TM) Sea Monster
     --    SPAM(TM) Mask Contest
     --    SPAM(TM) Lake Raft Pull
     SPAM(TM) Jam also caters to competitors looking for a little exercise.
 The SPAM(TM) 25-Mile Bike Race, a SPAM(TM) In-Line Skate Challenge and the
 SPAM(TM) 5-Mile Run are available for those seeking a more physical challenge.
     Something For Every SPAM(TM) Fan
     SPAM(TM) fans can sign up to become members of "The Official SPAM(TM) Fan
 Club," an organization which has swelled to approximately 5,000 members since
 its inception last July.  And Carolyn Wyman, author of "SPAM(TM): A Biography"
 will be on hand to sign copies of her newly published book.
     A host of culinary delights with a SPAM(TM) twist will satisfy every
 SPAM(TM) fan's hunger.  SPAMBURGER(R) Hamburgers, SPAM(TM) Wraps, SPAM(TM)
 Tacos, SPAM(TM) Pizza, SPAM(TM) Corn Dogs, SPAM(TM) Cheese Curds and SPAM(TM)
 Kabobs will please anyone looking for a savory treat.  For more hands-on fans,
 a "20-Minute Meal Solutions With SPAM(R)" recipe contest will inspire dozens
 of cooks to show off their homemade SPAM(TM) creations.
     No skill is necessary to win the SPAM(TM) Jam grand prize.  One lucky
 winner will be awarded a trip for two to Hawaii, the state that consumes the
 most SPAM(R) per capita (4.3 cans per person every year), following a
 5:30 p.m. drawing.
     "We plan to close out the final SPAM(TM) Jam festival of the 20th Century
 with games and entertainment for fans of all ages," said V. Allan Krejci,
 director of public relations, Hormel Foods.  "For anyone seeking a day of pure
 fun, we encourage people to make the pilgrimage to Austin for this year's
 SPAM(TM) Jam."
     Hormel Foods corporation, headquartered in Austin, Minn., is a
 multi-national food products company manufacturing SPAM(R) luncheon meat,
 sausages, hams, bacon, wieners, stews, chilies, hash, ethnic foods and other
 meat and grocery products.

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