The Band Perry to play at Hormel’s 125th birthday bash in Austin

Published 10:17 am Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Band Perry. Photo by Kristin-Barlowe

The Band Perry. Photo by Kristin-Barlowe

Hormel Foods Corp. is ready to celebrate 125 years and unveil its new Spam Museum with a little help this summer.

Hormel announced Wednesday that country stars The Band Perry headline a free community celebration in Austin on July 29 during the company’s anniversary celebration. The performance is planned at the grassy space between the Mower County Jail and Justice Center and the Historic Paramount Theatre along Fourth Avenue Northeast. An exact time has not been set.

“I am excited to announce that we have secured The Band Perry for our main stage entertainment,” Jeffrey Ettinger, chairman of the board and CEO, said in a press release. “This award-winning band has performed around the world, and we are excited to have them with us to celebrate our anniversary.”

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Hormel is celebrating its 125th anniversary throughout 2016, but the festivities will peak the community celebration in Austin.

Though much has changed since George A. Hormel first founded Geo. A Hormel & Co. in 1891, the company is still based in Austin, and company officials say they still follow the values Hormel founded the company on: integrity, an uninterrupted quest for quality and innovation, a respect for one another and a commitment to community.

Hormel is using the event as a time to reflect upon the company’s rich heritage and celebrate the future direction of the company. Along with celebrations, other events are planned at the company’s other plants and sites.

The Band Perry features siblings Neil Perry, from left, Kimberly Perry and Reid Perry. Photo provided

The Band Perry features siblings Neil Perry, from left, Kimberly Perry and Reid Perry. Photo provided

“We are proud of our legacy and the many people who have helped shape this company today,” Ettinger said in the release. “Throughout our anniversary year, we will be sharing our stories and celebrating with employees, families and communities worldwide.”

Along with award-winning entertainment like The Band Perry, the July 29th community celebration will feature food and activities for the whole family.

Hormel Foods is also marking the anniversary with the grand opening of the Spam Museum in downtown Austin. The Spam Museum is set to open in the spring of 2016 and visitors from all over the world will be able to celebrate with interactive and informative exhibits about the iconic brand.

The Band Perry is made up of Kimberly Perry and her younger brothers, Reid and Neil. The group has released hit singles like “If I Die Young,” “You Lie” and “All Your Life.” They’ve taken home trophies at the Academy of Country Music Awards and Country Music Awards, and they’ve also received Grammy and Billboard Music Award nominations, along with several other nominations.