Check out this video of the 2012 Routt County Redneck Olympics! And get ready for the 2013 version: July 13, 2013.
The inaugural 2012 Routt County Redneck Olympics is in the books, and what a success! The RCRO wants to sincerely thank our generous sponsors, and the all the competitors-some of which traveled from as far as Virginia!
We will continue to post pictures and info, along with the winners, but for now, we have posted photos on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Routt-County-Redneck-Olympics/298408906874221?ref=hl#!/media/set/?set=a.401737419874702.86741.298408906874221&type=1
Well, the first ever Routt County Redneck Olympics got underway with our first ever “Not A Real Torch Due to the Fire Ban” torch relay. We were really glad we didn’t use a real torch, because sheriff Wiggins actually showed up to check on things.
Starting at the top of Hospital Hill above Hayden, a group of loosely associated rednecks ran the torch down into town, with Clay Owens, of Outlanders TV fame starting off. He ran the first leg, which consisted of going down hill, crossing the road, and running into the HiWay Bar. After a warm reception from the patrons, and a shot of Jim Beam, the group got back underway, and Hayden Town Council member Tom Rogalski ran the torch the rest of the way with everyone else following. We got lots of honks and cheers as we weaved through town, and when Tom ran the torch up onto the stage at the Hayden Daze concert, the crowd looked happy to see us, even though they weren’t sure if we had been invited.
So all in all, it was a success!
The real fun will start tomorrow in Hayden, Colorado, with the parade starting at 9 am. We will be giving out our first award, the “Very Very Dirty” award to the muddiest parade entry. The first RCRO event will start after the parade at 10:30 am, which is the Lawnmower Triathlon. We’ve heard rumors of lawnmower being clocked at 35 mph, and just today we saw someone practicing their in and out weave manuevers on their lawnmower. So either we’re actually going to get some entries to show up, or people just like showing off on their lawmower. Either way, be sure to make it down to the Routt County Redneck Olympics tomorrow at the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden, Colorado. We are only accepting post entries at this time, so just show up and enter. See you there!
Commensurate with the effort the competitors will put out at the 2012 Routt County Redneck Olympics on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden, CO, we have some really cool award trophies that will be awarded, along with the $50 first place prize.
Liam Delaney welded each of these up at his family’s Yampa Valley Feeds in Hayden. A special thanks also goes to PostNet in Steamboat for donating the plaques that have our logo and the name of each event championship. PostNet owner Kathy Stokes worked with Tammie Delaney to design these, and they look awesome! Also, as an FYI, for those events that have multiple people on a team, such as the Paintball Obstacle Course, Blind Tractor Driving, and the 4-man teams in the Cowboy Steeplechase, each team member will get their own award plaque.
Also!! If you are interested in running in the RCRO “Not a Real Torch” relay, call Wendy at 970-471-2789. We will be meeting up at 7:30 in the parking lot of the old hospital up on hospital hill in Hayden. You can run as short of a distance as you want, and kids are invited! Also, at the end of the event, we will be randomly selecting the name of one lucky torch-bearer, and awarding them with a really cool set of batteries, and various flashlight products from Energizer! So call Wendy and get signed up.
As you might have heard, the inaugural Routt County Redneck Olympics is this Saturday, July 21, at the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden. This event has been a team effort between a diverse group of individuals, ranging from a local veterinarian and financial planner to architects, outfitters, and contractors.
The goal behind the RCRO was to create an event that was fun, light hearted, and offered something different from the usual fare we are so lucky to have available in the valley. That being said, when the word “redneck” came up in the initial phases of the event’s conception, it was an interesting discussion.
To a slim majority involved in the discussion, many of whom had lived in southern territories, it was a term that held questionable connotations. However, for the remaining 90% involved in the discussion, which have largely spent our days in Colorado, being called a Redneck is almost akin to a compliment. It means you know how to get it done with what you have available. It can be abstracted into a metaphor for being resourceful, working hard, and making it happen in your own rough-out way–even if others deemed you unqualified for the task.
And, we might add, rednecks are often highly skilled at creatively employing everyday objects into a variety of somewhat meaningless, albeit highly enjoyable, activities. For example, PVC pipe and cheap hairspray were not initially intended to shoot a potato a 100+ feet, but turns out they’re perfectly suited for the job! Mud, a 4-wheeler, and rope are a perfect recipe for a lot of clean fun. And let’s be honest- who hasn’t daydreamed of drag racing their lawnmower?
Inspired by fond memories such as these and armed with bold aspirations, the RCRO conglomeration designed a roster of events such as blind tractor driving, a paint ball obstacle course, the lawnmower triathlon, and a 4-man event: the cowboy steeplechase. The extreme drought, coupled with the county commissioners, is making the mud surfing event somewhat challenging, but being rednecks, we’ll figured something out!
As an FYI-the RCRO is a fundraiser for the Routt County Agricultural, Youth & Heritage Foundation, which thankfully goes by the elegant acronym: RCAYHF. One goal of the RCAYHF is making the fairgrounds more accessible to groups by offering reasonably priced insurance. Another goal: providing opportunities for kids that might not have access to agricultural activities. Skiing is expensive. Owning a horse: very expensive. In reality, the unique mix of agriculture and amazing possibilities for world-class recreation is a large part of what makes our community stand apart from other resorts.
If you’re thinking that none of those considerations affect you, and the fairgrounds are something that you don’t benefit from, consider this: the more we can book the fairgrounds to venues such as the upcoming Buck Brannaman clinic, the more people come to town for a few days, eat out, stay at hotels, and buy brilliantly inscribed t-shirts. And that is why counties such as Eagle and Garfield have continued to expand their fairgrounds in an effort to lure events such as horse shows, ropings, and dog exhibitions to their town. In general, fairgounds might not make a lot of money themselves, but when consistently booked, they can bring a lot of money to town.
So, to get back to the point, whether you’re an attorney that refuses to let your sub-par backhoe skills get in the way of trenching your own phone line, or if you’re the type that likes to vacuum your house naked with your chaps on, come on down to the fairgrounds this weekend and let a little of that redneckedness shine. This is that perfect chance to lighten up, spur it in the guts, and ride it like you stole it.
We’re excited to announce that the Redneck Grilling Challenge is back on! We really appreciate the North Routt Fire Board and Hayden Sheriff being so supportive of our event and granting us a special permit to allow charcoal grilling for the Routt County Redneck Olympics. So if you’re a master griller, or aspire to be one, come on down to the fairgrounds this Saturday and show us your stuff. You can start cooking your masterpiece at 8:30 and judging starts at high noon.
On a final note, in case you didn’t know, Redneck cooking can evolve into a true art form. Witness this recipe and picture that was sent to us yesterday for Redneck Turtle Burgers:
With less than a week to go before the 2012 Routt County Redneck Olympics, those of us that have been working on the RCRO for the last 7 months are getting excited! There’s still a lot to do, but it seems like things are coming together, in large part because of the sponsors and community members that have gotten involved.
With the extreme drought and resulting fire restrictions, a lot of our initial event concepts have had to be tweaked. As you might imagine, the torch relay has morphed into the “We Promise Not to Use a Real Torch Relay,” especially after receiving friendly but concerned calls from both the fire department and the sheriff’s department. But, as luck would have it, Energizer has come through! After reading our blog entry, this awesome company is sending us a package of their flashlight products and a supply of their long lasting batteries. We’d like to remind you that Energizer Holdings (trading as ENR on the NYSE) also owns Playtex, Hawaiian Tropic, Banana Boat sunscreen products, and Edge and Skintimate shaving gels. If you’re ever going on a first date, you should definitely find a way to show off your Energizer flashlight when you’re paying the tab, while casually noting that you frequently slather up with Hawaiian Tropic products in an effort to avoid skin cancer, and you use either Edge or Skintimate shaving products when you shave in all the appropriate areas. Energizer rocks!
And, to bird dog back to the point, the We Promise Not to Use a Real Torch Relay will be starting on the top of Hospital Hill around 8′ish, and an assemblage of redneck torch bearers will be relaying the metaphoric flame through Hayden and out to the ball fields where the Hayden Daze street dance with live band and beer garden will be in full swing. If you would like to be a torch bearer, please e-mail email@example.com. After the torch relay, we will be awarding the whole Energizer package to the torch bearer with the most panache (or reckless abandon). This is a big package of products, so be sure and sign up!
Other pyro-news includes the Redneck Grill-Off Challenge. When we found out that the burning of charcoal was nixed, event chairman Travis Mathey started to slide into a state of despair, with the concern that this event was going to turn into a suburbanite display of propane fueled mediocrity. As luck would have it, the powers that be felt the same, and pending approval tomorrow night at the Routt County Fire Board meeting, it looks like the RCRO is going to be granted a special permit for charcoal grilling. So we dropped the idea of restricting this event to wild game, especially after Rodney McGowan’s effusive vocalization that it would be sacrilegious to have a redneck grilling challenge that wasn’t open to the wonderfulness of pigs. So game on! We already have a few people signed up, and you too can sign up. If you have any questions, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. We are thrilled to announce that, barring last minute scheduling conflicts, star chef Brian Vaughn of Bistro C.V. in Steamboat is going to be the celebrity grilling judge. And don’t forget, extra points will be awarded to those that employ their own creatively designed redneck grill. If you’re looking for inspiration, or simply not sure what a redneck grill might look like, Google it and you will be astounded at the possibilities. If you want to rip off one of those ideas, feel free, because we promise not to Google it ourselves.
So we hope you come on down to our event. Unlike many other Redneck Olympics, the RCRO has been designed to be a more athletic and challenging event. You can be sure that their will be lots of mud, rope, paintball guns, and spud shooters, but our goal is to redefine redneck, in more of a Colorado tradition. And, we’d like to remind you, this is a fundraiser for the Routt County Agricultural, Youth & Heritage Foundation, whose mission is to make the Routt County Fairgrounds more assessable to groups and individuals, and generally working to strengthen and promote the amazing agricultural legacy of Routt County.
We’ll be posting a lot of news and info this week, so be sure and check back often and friend us on Facebook!