Redneck Games canceled for 2013

11:33 AM, Feb 21, 2013   |    comments
  • Thomas Watts tries his best to unseat current champion Redneck Grandma, Barbara Braswell, during the Mud Pit Belly Flop contest July 10, 2010 in East Dublin, Georgia. (Stephen Morton/Getty Images)
  • Official mascot 'Freight Train' poses for a picture 07 July 2007 during the 2007 Redneck Games in East Dublin, Georgia. (ROBERT SULLIVAN/AFP/Getty Images)
    
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EAST DUBLIN, GA -- They won't be lighting the beer can torch this summer to mark the opening of East Dublin's world-famous Redneck Games. 

The games' website says they're postponing this year's games, but hope to be back in 2014. No explanation was given.

They started in 1996 as a tongue-in-cheek response to the Olympic Games in Atlanta.

The games drew media from around the world. And they turned the spotlight on events like the toilet-seat toss, pigs-feet bobbing, the water-melon seed spitting contest and the iconic mud pit belly flop.

Each year, thousands gathered at East Dublin's Buckeye Park. But this year, organizers moved the games from July to Memorial Day weekend.

Attendance was reported to be down somewhat, and organizers said the new date, which conflicted with high school graduations, may have hurt them.

We could not reach Redneck Games organizers for comment Wednesday night.

(WMAZ Macon)

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