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Kevin Bacon can't make Baconfest

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Kevin Bacon can't make Baconfest

Kevin Bacon has regretfully turned down an invitation to Baconfest.

The 'Footloose' actor is too busy shooting a movie in Vancouver to visit the celebration of the sizzling meaty treat in Brattleboro, Vermont, on Saturday (17.09.16), but has wished them all the best with their festivities.

In Kevin's absence, local residents will have to make do with the presence of Flat Bacon, a life-size cardboard cut-out of the 58-year-old actor who many of them have been photographed with as part of the Brattleboro Chamber of Commerce's social media campaign to get the star to the event.

In a video apology posted on Twitter, Kevin said: "Hey this is Kevin Bacon sending my regrets to the good people of Brattleboro, Vermont. I wish I could be there this weekend but I'm in Vancouver shooting a film.

"I really appreciate all the support and the hilarious efforts Brattleboro and the state of Vermont has made to try and get me there.

"I'm a big fan of Vermont, I've got two sisters who live in that great state and unfortunately I've gotta be working, so have a great time and enjoy the bacon."

During the bid to get Kevin to the festival, a senator and a governor even recorded videos with Flat Bacon to beg him to attend.

Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin, said in the video: "Kevin, Vermont has the coolest little town in America called Brattleboro. I was born there. I still love it.

"They're going to have a bacon festival. It will be the best bacon and the best little town in America, and we need you."

The third annual Baconfest will feature 'Hog Jog' races, craft beer and a lot of meaty treats, and will end with a screening of 'Footloose'.

An official description of the event states: "Bacon, blues and brews will be featured at this third annual family-friendly festival! Local vendors will showcase their mouthwatering bacon recipes, Brattleboro's own Whetstone Station will pour their craft beer, and the Mark Manley band will provide the Blues. The day will begin with the Hog Jog, a 5K and 10K race. This event is sure to sizzle!"