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.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.
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.
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.
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?
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.