A surprise visitor came rolling through Perham on Wednesday. Thanks to a partnership with Perham’s biggest company and employer, KLN Family Brands, world-renowned comedian Larry The Cable Guy made a surprise visit to Perham to tour the Barrel ‘O Fun plant to see his product being made.
“KLN’s has been a great partner for my Git-R-Done Foundation,” Larry said. “It’s important to come out and have relationships with great partners like this and see how things are done. I’ve never been to a potato chip plant before.”
Well, he was more than welcome as he rolled through the plant, joking with workers, signing autographs on t-shirts and potato chip bags, while hearing a chorus of “Git-R-Done”, his catch-phrase, from all corners of the giant facility.
“I love this kind of stuff,” Larry said. “I love just getting out and meeting people.”
And he couldn’t have been friendlier. As a small-town reporter, I’ve been lucky enough to meet several celebrities…mostly professional athletes or coaches…but, Larry was one of the most genuine celebrities you could imagine. What you see in his stand-up routine, and his History Channel show, “Only in America”, is what you get in person.
Larry, who’s real name is Dan Whitney. Said he grew up in a small town, similar to Perham, that produced dog food.
“It’s so cool for a company like this to be in a town this size,” Larry said. “It’s been great doing business with these guys (Kenny and Charlie Nelson) and finally visiting the plant.”
The plant just happened to be producing his line of chips while Larry was touring.
“They’re all great products,” he said. “The cheeseburger one is probably my favorite. And that new caramel-peanut one is pretty good.”
There’s always a joke to follow.
“You know, you have 3 cheesburger chips, 1 fried dill pickle chip and a ketchup chip and your good to go!”
For more on Larry’s line of product’s, check out the KLN Family Brands website, http://www.klnfamilybrands.com.
All of the proceeds of Larry’s line of products go to his foundation. http://www.gitrdonefoundation.org./
The Git-R-Done Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created by Larry the Cable Guy and his wife, Cara, as a focal point for the family’s philanthropy in 2009. The foundation’s mission is to provide assistance to charitable organizations that have experienced hardships beyond their control, with an emphasis on children and veterans. The Git-R-Done Foundation has made numerous donations, including donations to the Arnold Palmer Foundation for the treatment and cure of hip dysplasia, Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital and Operation Homefront. The Git-R-Done Foundation is an advocate for The International Hip Dysplasia Institute and its work to bring an awareness, prevention and cure to the condition.
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Check out some video from the visit HERE.