'Sad papaw' makes hundreds of new friends in Oklahoma

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Monday, March 28, 2016
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Sad Papaw gets tons of support at weekend cookout

PURCELL, OK -- The power of social media has turned an Oklahoma granddad into an Internet celebrity.

And it's thanks to five grandkids who couldn't be bothered to show up for dinner.

VIDEO: Grandpa invites 'everyone' to big cookout after viral photo

Kenny "Papaw" Harmon won't be eating burgers alone anytime soon.

The Internet sensation and Oklahoma native hosted a cookout Saturday for the public to come eat with him.

Papaw is so popular, hundreds showed up just to get a picture with him

"It's hard to get used to it," Harmon says. "I haven't been able to wrap my head around this thing yet."

Harmon's new-found fame is thanks to this one tweet that went viral around the world.

Last week, his granddaughter tweeted that his other grandkids were "no shows" for a dinner he cooked for them. Support quickly flooded in.

"I guess she touched on the right theme," Harmon says.

Fans came from Houston, Dallas, even Australia just to see Papaw.

Papaw tells us he's still trying to wrap his head around all of this.

But he believes people came to remember their own grandparents.

"The theme that comes to me from almost everybody is their grandparents, their great-grandparents, what they want to do now or what they wish they had done before," Papaw says.