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Spamarama (SPAMARAMA) was a long-time annual festival and competitive cookoff held in Austin, Texas from 1976 to 2007 in recognition of Spam.[1][2][3]

Officially called the Pandemonious Potted Pork Festival, SPAMARAMA was held on a weekend close to April Fool's Day in Waterloo Park and drew thousands of people to one of the wackiest festivals in America.

Cooking entries included various flavors of SPAM ice cream, Moo Goo Gai SPAM, GuacaSPAMole, chicken-fried SPAM, SPAMguini, and SPAMalama Ding Dong, a concoction made with the pink colored meat, whipped cream, and chocolate. Other events included the SPAM carving display involving themes based on current events, body parts, or animals such as the SPAMagator, the SPAM calling contest, the SPAM toss, the SPAM facial, and the Tug of War across a pit filled with SPAM jelly.[4][5]

Chef SPAM (John L. Myers) has won more Spamarama awards than any entrant. He is responsible for the creation of the Professional Division, and the coveted "Spamericas Cup".[citation needed]

The Smithsonian filmed the last Spamarama and documented it.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Moser, Margaret (March 31, 2000). "A Man, A Can, A Plan – SPAMARAMA™ Founder Dave Arnsberger". Austin Chronicle. Retrieved December 15, 2011. 
  2. ^ Romanko, J. R. (March 26, 2004). "Quick Escapes". New York Times. Retrieved December 15, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Future of spam celebration uncertain". UPI. June 8, 2007. Retrieved December 15, 2011. 
  4. ^ Viadhyanathan, Siva (April 13, 1991). "Making a Sport of Spam". The Freelance Star. Fredericksburg, VA. Cox News Service. pp. 33–34. Retrieved December 15, 2011. 
  5. ^ Kelso, John (July 22, 2008) ""Spamarama canned". Austin American-Statesman, Retrieved December 8, 2012

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