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Kevin Bacon Celebrates ‘Footloose’ Prom at Payson High

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In Payson, Utah, the local high school recently played host to a special event commemorating the 40th anniversary of the iconic movie “Footloose,” with none other than Hollywood star Kevin Bacon in attendance. This occasion marked the end of nearly two years of campaigning by Payson High School students, who had fervently hoped for Bacon’s presence at their last prom before the school’s demolition. 

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In a heartwarming moment earlier in March, Bacon made a surprise announcement via livestream, confirming his attendance and surprising the thousands of students gathered by TODAY, who reported on the event.

When Bacon arrived in Payson, local residents came together to assemble 5,000 essential resource kits, which would be distributed to various charities, in collaboration with Bacon’s non-profit organization,

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The significance of the weekend was highlighted by the unanimous decision of the Mayor and Payson City Council, who officially proclaimed April 20, 2024, as “Kevin Bacon Day” in honor of the actor’s visit and his contributions to the community.

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You can watch TODAY’s exclusive coverage of the event below. 



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Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.

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