Spammy Jammy: Trying to ward off hurricanes — with Spam

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- Al Parker, of Virginia Beach, Va., poses with a 'Sandusky Tim' sculpture at the 20th annual Spammy Jammy at the Little Bar on Saturday, June 30, 2012, in Goodland. The annual Spam- and pajama-themed tradition celebrates the end of season with the hopes to superstitiously ward-off any pending hurricanes with good vibes.

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David Albers/Staff - Al Parker, of Virginia Beach, Va., poses with a "Sandusky Tim" sculpture at the 20th annual Spammy Jammy at the Little Bar on Saturday, June 30, 2012, in Goodland. The annual Spam- and pajama-themed tradition celebrates the end of season with the hopes to superstitiously ward-off any pending hurricanes with good vibes.

The dress code is pajamas. The main course is Spam.

And it’s all to protect Southwest Florida from hurricane damage.

The annual start of hurricane season means it’s time for the annual Spammy Jammy celebration at 6 p.m. Saturday at Little Bar in Goodland.

The ritual has worked since 1992, according to Ray Bozicnik, Spammy Jammy host and co-owner of Little Bar.

“We’ve done a very good job,” he said. “We haven’t had any hurricanes since we started the Spammy Jammy.”

The tradition began with an accident when Bozicnik found a 1958 can of Spam inside a cabinet.

“So I thought many people must have had Spam cans that were sitting in their cabinets for far too long,” he said. “It’s a good protein that you can eat in case you run out of electricity during a hurricane.”

Bozicnik invited people to put on their pajamas and bring their Spam cans to Little Bar. They drank and ate Spam all night long, pretending they were in a hurricane.

After a year with no hurricane damage, Bozicnik was convinced the first Spammy Jammy appeased the hurricane goddess and protected Southwest Florida.

This year, musicians Pete Merrigan and TC Carr will start the party with a 6 p.m. performance, and Raiford Starke Naked Spam Band will play at 9 p.m.

But the main attractions of the night are the Spam art, architecture and food dish contests. There’s no limit to creativity, as long as the main ingredient is Spam. Winners will receive trophies and gift certificates.

Sandy Bryson and Jared Kelley, of Goodland, have attended Spammy Jammy for about 15 years. Bryson has won the art contest four times and Kelley took first place in the food dish competition three times.

“We’re Spam officials,” Bryson said. “The challenge is getting over the smell and trying to keep it pink.”

Bryson doesn’t eat Spam, but loves the celebration and believes in the Spam goddess.

“We want to stop the evil hurricane,” she said. “I seriously believe in that because we’ve been lucky for how many years now?”

Last year, the event attracted about 300 people, but Bozicnik theorized if they had more participants, they could have stopped Hurricane Sandy from damaging the coast of the Northeast.

However, he’s not sure if the Spammy Jammy could also stop tornadoes.

“I think that’s another goddess,” he said. “We don’t have much tornadoes down here. We would have to do some experiments.”

IF YOU GO

Spammy Jammy

When: 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, June 29

Where: Little Bar, 205 Harbor Place, Goodland

Information: 239-394-5663

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