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Will Kermit appear at Florida's Frog Leg Festival?

Discussion in 'Muppet Headlines' started by OverUnderAround, Jan 18, 2006.

  1. OverUnderAround

    OverUnderAround Well-Known Member

    This was in a Florida paper today:

    Fellsmere Frog Leg Festival plans big rebound
    Jan. 18, 2006
    FELLSMERE, Florida — Nasty swamp-like weather in late 2004 and early 2005 made last year's Fellsmere Frog Leg Festival one of the most challenging for Maggie Sammons and other organizers.
    Now, volunteers will try to rebound with this week's festival. Besides trying to boost attendance, they're keeping their eyes peeled for one notable visitor who would be attending his first frog leg festival: Kermit the Frog.

    The Muppets Holding Co. put out news releases last fall about its intent to have the broadcasting, guitar-playing amphibian at the event, but officials still have not confirmed an appearance with festival organizers, said Maggie Sammons, festival president. The famous frog is making public appearances as part of the 50th anniversary celebration for the Muppets.

    NOTE: The Festival runs from this Thursday through Sunday.
    If Kermit doesn't show up since the local paper is promoting the event, it will be bad press for the MHC and Disney.
  2. sugarbritchez

    sugarbritchez Well-Known Member

    I agree it would be bad if he didn't show
  3. OverUnderAround

    OverUnderAround Well-Known Member

    I always wonder why Disney cancelled the tour.
    Disney is excellent at promoting things.
    Example being when a new movie comes out, they do a great media campaign to promote it.

    Maybe someone at Disney said for example; "Why are we having this Kermit world tour? To promote what project? We will end up losing money."

    And of course, there is no project to promote.

    Or maybe Steve and Disney couldn't come to financial terms on a salary?
  4. sugarbritchez

    sugarbritchez Well-Known Member

    Who knows what goes on at Disney behind closed doors.
  5. Andrew T

    Andrew T Well-Known Member

    Is the Frog Leg Festival sponsored by Doc Hopper? ;)
  6. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    Word is that Kermit's anniversary tour has been cancelled. I think OverUnderAround's reasoning pretty much sums it up.
  7. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict Well-Known Member

    In that case he probably won't be there.
  8. OverUnderAround

    OverUnderAround Well-Known Member


    Kermit ditches Fellsmere Frog Leg Festival

    A certain green Muppet's handlers have changed the itinerary for his 50th anniversary tour.


    FELLSMERE — Several thousand pairs of frog legs are here this weekend as part of the Fellsmere Frog Leg Festival. But one specific pair will be absent.

    The Muppets Holding Co. confirmed late Friday that Kermit the Frog will not appear at the festival, despite news releases last fall advertising an appearance. The festival began Thursday, and event organizers said they had not heard from the company at all since November despite repeated attempts to reach them, festival president Maggie Sammons said.

    The Muppets Holding Co. put out news releases last fall about the amphibian's 50th anniversary world tour. The announcements also talked of appearances in 49 other locations, including Paris, New York and the town of Kermit, Texas, as part of a 15-month anniversary tour. However, officials with the company decided to change the anniversary plans and eliminated many tour dates, including Fellsmere's, spokeswoman Debbie McClellan said. The Web site, Muppets.com, still advertises a 50-city world tour for the anniversary on its front page, though no specific dates are mentioned.

    Sammons said Muppets officials in November were non-committal about the Fellsmere appearance and provided scant information about the visit.

    "They didn't tell us how large of an entourage to expect or whether TV cameras would be here," she said.

    The only instructions festival organizers were given was to have some frogs — live and not destined for a dinner plate — ready for the visit.

    "He was coming here to kiss his cousins," Sammons said.

    Though the festival did not tout a Kermit appearance in its marketing for this year's event, there were still some festival visitors anticipating a meeting with the Muppet. Notably, children have approached the festival's frog mascot and asked if it was Kermit, Sammons said.

    Revenue for the event is given to various recreational and educational causes in Fellsmere.

    Source: MSNBC.com

    The town of Fellsmere should be commended for pushing and trying to get the MHC company to get Steve and Kermit to show up.

    Just knowing that the story of Kermit not showing up and disappointing little kids made the press when the revenue of the turnout would have gone to help the community is really bad publicity for Disney and MHC. And unfortunately makes Kermit look bad too.
  9. ravagefrackle

    ravagefrackle Well-Known Member

    sure why not completley sellout the charecters ,Pepe sells seafood, why not have kermit condone the eating of small amphipians, i guess camilla will start hawking KFC soon, and piggy will sell the other white meet
  10. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    well if you ask me i think on both sides its not good. First i think it would be kind of sick for kermit to be there to suport frog legs. Second i think its wrong of Disney to tell people he is coming then now he is not. Just anothere thing they are screwing up for the muppets and now it looks bad to outsiders not just me.
  11. muppetsforlife

    muppetsforlife Well-Known Member

    You are dead on accurate about that. Its pretty bad that they advertise having Kermit there. But than again, why would they have him at a frog leg festival in the first place?
  12. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    plus even not letting him show up after saying he was. whats that called agian ohh yea a LIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! how distubing :halo:
  13. OverUnderAround

    OverUnderAround Well-Known Member

    Whatever the real reason is for Kermit not showing up, I'm sure he lost a few fans in the town of Fellsmere, Florida because of it.
  14. Doogied

    Doogied Well-Known Member

    Exactly! I'm confused why anyone would want Kermit there to begin with...it's disturbing.
  15. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    like i said before it kind of draned it you do draned if you dont kind of thing.
  16. TheJimHensonHour

    TheJimHensonHour Well-Known Member

    wow bad bad bad ok first kermit at a frog leg festival how about ick ok:rolleyes: second disney needs to get with it....ok it was wrong of them to do this in the first place....but they really should stop going back on things they say or they should just keep there mouths shut...since they seem to do a pretty good job of that allready with the muppets...since most people don't even know disney even owns the muppets out of our fan groups...:smirk:

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