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The Internet showed up for Sad Papaw’s burger cookout

Papaw's redemption.


Michelle Jaworski

Internet Culture

Posted on Mar 27, 2016   Updated on May 27, 2021, 1:00 am CDT

Kenneth Harmon—affectionately known on the Internet as Sad Papaw—invited everyone to a giant burger cookout, and unlike his first attempt to cook burgers, everyone showed up this time.

As the photo of Harmon staring into his burger spread online earlier this month and grandkids Kelsey and Brock Harmon updated a captive audience, many expressed a wish to eat a burger with Papaw. A few days after he went viral, Papaw decided to invite everyone out to eat some of his burgers with him at a special cookout in Purcell, Oklahoma. Burgers cost $2 and they made shirts for the occasion, and the proceeds would go towards paying Kelsey and Brock’s college tuition, putting money away for the other grandchildren, and to charity.

The Harmons were prepared for big crowd, ordering more than 2,000 burgers for the occasion. The Internet didn’t disappoint and came out for the occasion. Papaw finally had the audience he deserved.

Some people drove several hours to eat one of Harmon’s burgers, where some waited in line for 45 minutes to take a photo with him.

A burger made with grandfatherly love? You can’t beat that.

H/T Mashable | Photo via Valters Krontals/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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*First Published: Mar 27, 2016, 3:08 pm CDT