Redneck Games cancelled again this year

pramati@macon.comMarch 5, 2014 

People hoping for a return of the Summer Redneck Games to East Dublin after a year’s break will have to wait at least another year, if the games return at all.

The East Dublin Lions Club, which organized the games for the past few years, has been unable to obtain the sponsorships necessary to keep the games going, said treasurer Larry Drew, who also is East Dublin’s city administrator.

Instead, Drew said, the club has focused its attention on a fishing tournament that replaced the games last year.

“We didn’t have the games last year. ... We decided not to,” he said. “Doing the fishing tournament has been a whole lot easier (to organize). I’m not saying we’re never going to do it. ... Sponsorship is a big part of it. The last few years the Lions Club has done it, we’d break even or lose a little money.”

The Redneck Games started in 1996, created by a local radio station as a comic response to the 1996 Olympics held in Atlanta. Among the Redneck Games events were toilet seat horseshoes, watermelon seed spitting and mud-pit flopping.

The radio station dropped its sponsorship following the 2008 games after a boy injured his arm while jumping from a tree into the river, Drew said.

“The liability part was too much,” he said.

In recent years the games saw a decline in attendance, which had swelled to about 6,000 during its heyday. Even switching the games from July to May in 2012 for cooler weather didn’t help, since the weather was still extremely hot.

The second annual Oconee River Catfish Tournament will take place April 25-26 and will be open to fishermen using any legal means to fish, Drew said.

Drew said the Lions Club has continued to maintain the games’ website, though it now advertises the fishing tournament as well.

“(The games) brought us attention from all over the world,” Drew said. “It lasted a lot longer than people thought it would.”

Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report. To contact Phillip Ramati, call 744-4334.

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