London’s 2012 Summer Olympic Games may still be two months away, but in East Dublin, Georgia, the competition begins this weekend.
The Summer Redneck Games began in 1996 when Atlanta, Georgia, was home to the summer Olympics.
Taking jokes about the Greek games being hosted “by a bunch of rednecks” to
heart, a group of volunteers from the East Dublin area (about halfway between
Atlanta and Savannah, where the Olympic sailing events
were held) decided to show the world what being a redneck really entailed.
like redneck horseshoes (tossing toilet seat covers), watermelon seed spitting
and an armpit serenade, the games celebrate all the stereotypes that have surrounded
rural Southerners over the years. Unconcerned with being uncouth, participants
usually dress in white tank tops, overalls, bikinis or no shirt at all, and
often end the day covered in mud (the mud pit belly flop is another favourite event). Winners take home a beer can trophy, along
with a year’s worth of bragging rights.
Though the Redneck
Games have traditionally been held in July, this year’s celebration was moved to
26 May to avoid the brutal summer heat. More
than 5,000 rednecks and wannabes alike are expected to attend this year’s 16th
annual celebration. Admission only costs $5, which goes to support local