Back in the late 1970s, Uncle Fred, a grandfather and artist, used the phrase “Jolly Boy” to describe a happy toddler who lived next door. He created the original Jolly Boy hat (above) for the young boy who personified the idea of what it means to be a Jolly Boy. Uncle Fred is an avid painter and is part of a group of artists who convene annually in Virginia with a focus on the outdoors and an appreciation for its ability to provide moments of reflection. His creativity and love of the outdoors help inspire the Jolly Boy brand today.
Uncle Fred says, "if you want to be a Jolly Boy, you need a cap and a smile."