Redneck Festival

Posted: August 5th, 2013 under entertainment, travel.
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I have never been attracted to the “redneck” lifestyle, but when my friend Nancy invited me to attend the Redneck “Blank” Pig Roast and Music Festival with her, I thought, why not? YOLO. It looked like fun. Three days of redneck events in the remote town of Hebron, Maine. It was previously known as the “Redneck Olympics,” but the U.S. Olympic committee challenged Brooks, the organizer, on the use of the name.

Courtesy of Redneck Maine

Courtesy of Redneck Maine

We had the pleasure of meeting Harold Brooks, a very nice laid-back man. This redneck event was covered by “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” last year, and this year the History Channel filmed the event.

Nancy and I planned on camping out for the weekend. However, our amazing and generous friend offered to pay for a motel room instead. She didn’t think it was good for me to be camping with my medical conditions. What a sweetheart!

We arrived early on Friday, but there was really nothing on the itinerary. People were there to get settled camping and drive their four-wheelers around. A beer tent and concession tent were set up, as well as various other tents selling redneck souvenirs. We had a good laugh at some of the treasures we could have purchased.

These wallets were made out of patterned duct tape.

These wallets were made out of patterned duct tape.

Redneck gift pack. I like the back scratcher.

Redneck gift pack. I like the back scratcher.

Rednecks can be quite resourceful and creative. Lol!

Rednecks can be quite resourceful and creative. Lol!

Redneck hats

Redneck hats

Nancy got herself a sweet redneck hat.

Nancy got herself a sweet redneck hat.

I asked if they had Guinness. They didn't. This is what I got. #fail

I asked if they had Guinness. They didn’t. This is what I got. #fail

Early on Saturday we saw an entertaining display of people driving their trucks through a mud run. Once they adjusted the mud pit to be more challenging, I enjoyed watching the big trucks get stuck and have to be pulled out by a tractor. I got a little mud-splattered, but not too much. Unfortunately we missed the demolition derby. We also missed the lawn mower races, but I wasn’t too broken up about it. We did attend the concert that night featuring three different bands. They were pretty good, and the energy was upbeat and enjoyable.

This truck got through without any issues.

This truck got through without any issues.

Tractor to the rescue!

Tractor to the rescue!

An honest-to-goodness redneck.

An honest-to-goodness redneck.

People were riding 4-wheelers all over the place.

People were riding 4-wheelers all over the place.

A tractor pulls a jeep out of the mud.

A tractor pulls a jeep out of the mud.

It doesn't get much dirtier than this!

It doesn’t get much dirtier than this!

View of the mud run from the top of a hill

View of the mud run from the top of a hill

The redneck olympic style events were quite entertaining. The events included toilet seat horseshoes, greased watermelon haul, bobbing for pigs’ feet, tire beer trot, “shit” put, tug-of-war, wife carrying, mud flop, and pie eating contest. I put my name in the “shit” put, but sadly, my name wasn’t called. It would have been fun to participate. I would have done more if it weren’t for my weak and brittle bones. :-( It was still very amusing to watch. Thousands of people attended, and I would say three quarters of the attendees appeared to be genuine rednecks.

The History Channel was filming the events.

The History Channel was filming the events.

The "Pig Man" was an appropriate addition to the festivities.

The “Pig Guy” was an appropriate addition to the festivities.

Toilet Seat Horseshoes

Toilet Seat Horseshoes

Camera man from the History Channel

Camera man from the History Channel

This guy yelled out that he needed a joint in order to perform at his best. A minute later someone came down and let him have a drag.

This guy yelled out that he needed a joint in order to perform at his best. A minute later someone came down and let him have a drag. He did pretty well!

I did NOT sign up for the "bobbing for pigs' feet" competition.

I did NOT sign up for the “bobbing for pigs’ feet” competition.

Watching people running in flippers & carrying a greased watermelon was entertaining.

Watching people running in flippers & carrying a greased watermelon was entertaining.

The wife-carry race

The wife-carry race

Tug-of-war over a mud pond (with pig feet in it)

Tug-of-war over a mud pond (with pig feet in it)

Neither Nancy nor I participated in the pig roast dinner. We just didn’t feel up to eating any of the food they had. We were sustained by hummus and pita crackers. Neither of us being big beer drinkers, we brought our own liquor to mix with juice. #fail?

Citrus mango pineapple juice with tequila. Better than beer!

Citrus mango pineapple juice with tequila. Better than beer!

"Back in Black" was a pretty good band.

“Back in Black” was a pretty good band.

Confederate flags everywhere. Revolting.

Confederate flags everywhere. I found it incredibly vile.

I like the gas tank on the Red-neck Strip Club truck.

I like the gas tank on the Red-neck Strip Club truck.

This little kid did pretty well riding the bull.

This little kid did pretty well riding the bull.

The schedule for the end of the day included a bonfire, a very wet t-shirt contest, and three more bands which got us dancing till late hours of the night. No, I didn’t participate in the wet t-shirt contest. I guess I’ve become less adventurous than I once was. :-) The Redneck “Blank” Festival was well done and entertaining, and overall a good experience. I had a great time hanging out with Nancy in a fun and laid-back venue.

Nancy and me. I broke down and got a hat. :-)

Nancy and me. I broke down and got a hat. :-)



3 Comments »

  1. Looks like a real hoot. Glad you had fun. #YOLO

    Comment by Brent Danley — August 5, 2013 @ 10:34 am

  2. Glad you had fun! I’ve never been. Something to add the list. :)

    Comment by Jason Pooler — August 5, 2013 @ 11:03 am

  3. Confederate flags everywhere? Vile is the right word for it. People like to say the flag symbolizes their “Southern heritage,” or that they’re “rebels” of some kind, but it’s really shorthand for white supremacy. Even the geniuses who organize events of this kind wouldn’t dare display a flag with a swastika, but they’d probably really like to.

    Comment by Jill — September 1, 2013 @ 9:14 am

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