The fifth annual Canadian Redneck Games is shaping up to be “the best ever” says Town of Minto Economic Development Co-ordinator Belinda Wick-Graham.
It’s been five years since the municipality decided to capitalize on a perception that the rural community is populated by “rednecks” by staging a fun event. Wick-Graham says the event has already surpassed all expectations. The games were recently recognized as one of the Top 100 events in the province by Festivals and Events Ontario and took the FEO Community Involvement award for the third time.
“I don’t think that any of us thought at the time that we would be a top 100 event and win the community involvement event three years in a row,” says Wick-Graham, adding that the event attracts media and internet attention to Minto from across Canada and around the globe.
While attendance at last year’s event suffered from unavoidable date changes, Wick-Graham said inquiries have already been received from as far away as Ottawa from people planning to attend the event and many people have booked to spend three nights at the on-site RV camp at the fairgrounds in Harriston.
“I can just tell this is going to be a big year,” Wick-Graham predicts.
Highlights of the 2010 games, set for June 25-27, will include a “Redneck Wedding,” which will feature a real couple who will renew their vows at the games, to be followed by a Hoe-down Reception with music by Lorraine Davies and the Too Drunk to Fish Band. Also new to the games this year will be disc dog demonstrations and a performance of the West Coast Lumberjack show from British Columbia.
Corb Lund and The Hurtin’ Albertan’s, along with special guests Fred Eaglesmith and Band will perform at the Saturday night dance, which will also feature a fireworks display during intermission.
All the regular Canadian Redneck Games events, from bobbing for pigs’ feet to Mud Pit Volleyball will be part of the festival, which also includes a “Little Canadian Redneck Games” for the younger set.
A Minto-wide yard sale event is set to co-incide with the games. Anyone wishing to have their yard-sale listed on an on-line map being set up is invited to contact the Town of Minto by telephone 519 338-2511 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.