Spectators cheer as a pickup truck splashes through mud at an event formerly called the Redneck Olympics. Photo / AP
There were no world-class athletes or top-notch sporting venues, but there was cold beer, barbecue and a muddy tug-of-war at the event formerly known as the Redneck Olympics.
The event, now officially known as the “Redneck (Blank)” after the real Olympics threatened to sue, also featured bobbing for pig’s feet, a greased watermelon haul and toilet seat horseshoes.
If that’s not redneck enough, then there was a wife-hauling contest and free mud runs for big-tyred trucks.
Organiser Harold Brooks said it’s all about regular folks having fun without airs of pretentiousness. “For me, a redneck doesn’t mean a person who’s dumb or lazy. A redneck to me means someone who can laugh at themselves. They’re a hard-working group of people who can let loose and have a good time,” he said.
A cacophony of loud music and roaring engines were set against a dusty backdrop in the hills of western Maine where several thousand people gathered.
People paraded around in every manner of vehicle: pickups, all-terrain vehicles, dirt bikes, go-karts – and even a snowmobile.
Many spectators watching the trucks churning across the mud course ended up covered in mud themselves.