Miami rapper and entertainer Pitbull will visit Kodiak.
The Kodiak Walmart store took the win in a nationwide Walmart Energy Sheets contest after amassing more than 70,000 Facebook “likes.”
“It’s official,” said Sarah Spencer, Walmart’s director of corporate communications. “We’re looking to do something with the community. We’re still working on an exact date.”
Walmart is looking at the last week of July for the Kodiak event. At this point, it is not clear whether it will be an appearance or a concert.
The partnership between Energy Sheets and Pitbull started out as a marketing promotion to send him to the Walmart store with the most Facebook “likes.” The contest went viral on the Internet after David Thorpe from the online comedy website SomethingAwful.com began a campaign to send Pitbull to the most remote Walmart location.
Despite being on tour in Spain, Pitbull put out a one-minute video response on Tuesday to announce the winner.
“He did a really nice job on the video,” said Kodiak Walmart manager Scott Hosier.
The video includes a screenshot of the Kodiak Walmart Facebook page with 70,292 “likes,” an image of Pitbull in a parka next to a Kodiak bear, and a photo of the Kodiak Walmart staff holding a sign welcoming him.
“I heard that Kodiak, Alaska has the most likes, due to someone who thinks he was playing a prank,” Pitbull said in the video. “I will go anywhere in the world for my fans.”
During the video, Pitbull also makes a second reference to Thorpe, inviting him on the trip.
“I want to invite that someone who thinks it’s a joke to Kodiak, Alaska with me,” he said.
Thorpe plans to make the trip to Kodiak with Pitbull.
“One way or another, I’m almost definitely going to Kodiak,” Thorpe wrote in an email. “I’m flattered by his invitation, even though it seems a teeny bit menacing.”
Janet Buckingham, executive director of the Kodiak Island Convention and Visitors Bureau, believes the big-name entertainer will draw other tourists to Kodiak, especially if he ends up holding a concert.
Buckingham hasn’t been contacted by representatives of Walmart or Pitbull, but Pitbull fans in Anchorage have reached out to her.
“I have people who have been watching the contest closely throughout the state because they’re planning on coming down if Pitbull made it to Kodiak and does a concert,” Buckingham said. “It’s a once in the lifetime opportunity for Pitbull and Kodiak. We’d like to take him fishing, hiking, bear viewing and kayaking. We’d like to show him the real Kodiak experience.”