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AUSTIN EDITION It'll be dads' day in the Spamlight

By Roxana Orellana

rorellana@postbulletin.com

A celebration honoring Spam and dads will bring entertainment to Austin with a "Spamily Reunion" this Father's Day.

The 2005 Spam Museum Jam also will celebrate the introduction of the Spam singles products, the "Spamalot" play and Hormel Foods Corp. leadership transition.

"We have lots to celebrate with a lot of exciting things happening," museum director Shawn Radford said this morning.

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The daylong event will kick off at 9 a.m. June 18 with a 5K Spamily YMCA fun run and walk beginning at the museum parking lot, followed by breakfast.

It's been two years since the last Spam Jam, when more than 30,000 people attended. Organizers expect this year's jam to have similar participation numbers.

In 2002, the museum welcomed TV moms Barbara Billingsley of "Leave It To Beaver," Marion Ross of "Happy Days" and Debra Jo Rupp of "That '70s Show."

"Well, this year is Dad's turn," Radford said.

The TV dad lineup includes Jim Belushi of "According to Jim," Tom Bosley of "Happy Days" and Kurtwood Smith of "That '70s Show."

Some local dads also will be present, Radford said, including Hormel CEO Joel Johnson and Hormel President Jeff Ettinger.

The music lineup will be a combination of local talent and special guests, including Jim Belushi and the Sacred Hearts, Tonic Sol-fa, Michael Johnson, the Daisy Dillman Band, the Melismatics and Bistodeau Family.

The Teddy Bear Band will perform for children.

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Special attractions include Bill Nye the Science Guy with science experiments.

Chef Sam Choy of Hawaii will prepare his special recipe with Spam as the main ingredient.

Xelias aerial performances will do shows and workshops for children. The Minnesota Zoomobile will have a variety of animals on display.

Other entertainment will include a skateboard and BMX bike performance team, interactive crafts and games.

The day will conclude with a fireworks display at 10 p.m.

For more information, call the museum at 1-800-LUV-Spam, or go to www.spam.com.

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