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Is it meat? Is it art? Seems it's both on Tom Robbins' Day


September 6, 2023

Man carves spam

Sayer Theiss

Chris Theiss puts the finishing touches on his Spam carving with a torch.

Can Spam, the ubiquitous low-cost processed meat, be more than just a pantry staple? This intriguing question took center stage at the Tom Robbins Day Spam-Carving Contest in Gilkey Square Saturday. Twelve talented carvers, generously sponsored by local organizations and community members, embraced the challenge of turning Spam into artistic masterpieces, captivating dozens of enthusiastic onlookers.

With a mere 15 minutes on the clock and two cans of Spam as their medium, participants wielded an array of creative tools to fashion their sculptures. This event stood out as a highlight of the...

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