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 day. 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.
SOURCE Hormel Foods