Everyone who attends the Weissport Redneck Festival Saturday, Sept. 3 and Sunday, Sept. 4, in the Weissport Park can be a spectator ... or a participant.
Festivities, including the Redneck games, contests, food vendors and live entertainment will be from noon to 10 p.m. both days. Proceeds from the event benefit youth recreation in Weissport. The festival is co-sponsored by the Redneck Committee, Weissport Recreation Committee and the Beltzville Lions Club.
"This is the only festival in the area where everyone can be part of the event," said Duane Dellecker, committee chairman. "This festival lets everyone who wants to take part be involved."
For those who only want to be spectators, there is always the opportunity to cheer on the participants who compete in the contests.
A Tug a War contest at 5 p.m. Sunday will pit the brawniest, hunkiest men in the county against each other. In the past, there were weight lifters and personal trainers trying to prove they were stronger than the construction workers.
Another headline event is the Junkman's Contest, whereby young men try to prove they are the best scrappers in the county. Contestants try to load up junk in the fastest time, but this involves bulky items like refrigerators, stoves and other household junk. The Junkman's Contest will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday.
No Redneck Festival can be complete without finding the prettiest girl in the area. The Miss Daisy Duke contest at 7 p.m. Saturday will prove that real Redneck girls have the kind of star quality to put their community on the map. A Mr. Redneck Contest is also held at 7 p.m. Saturday.
No one will want to miss out on the Chariot Race contest, in which teams of two people take turns riding a toilet mounted on wheels down the middle of town. This contest makes the Redneck Festival a must-see event. It takes place at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Sunday's lineup also includes a bed race, in which teams will build a bed, put wheels on it, and compete to win. The Bed Knobs and Rednecks Bed Race at 4:30 p.m. will benefit Family Promise of Carbon County.
Those who love to eat will also compete. The top local restaurants in the area are supplying buckets of their best wings for the Zimmies and Hot Wings Eating Cook-Off contest. The restaurant that supplies the best wings will receive not only "bragging rights" but the opportunity to display the Best Wings at the Weissport Redneck Festival banner and plaque in their establishment for the next year. People in the audience will judge the contest by sampling the wings and then voting. The wings contest will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday.
The Lawn Tractor Race is also a festival favorite. The race, which pits some of the area's best lawn tractor drivers against each other, will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday.
Sign up for events will be held throughout the festival and registration will close approximately 15 minutes before an event is scheduled to begin.
There will also be a talent show, "Rednecks Got Talent II," which gives festival attendees the opportunity to tell jokes, put on a skit or sing a Redneck-type song. The talent show will be held from 1-5 p.m. Saturday and 1-3 p.m. on Sunday.
The Korniest Couple contest, where couples compete against other couples to show just how well they know each other, will take place from 3-5 p.m. Sunday.
Entertainment will be provided both days by country rock bands. On Saturday from 6-9 p.m., Banned From the Ranch, will be featured and on Sunday, also from 6-9, Final Justice will play.
There will also be plenty of Redneck delicacies to sample in the park such as pork barbecue, corn dogs and corn on the cob, as well as sweet tea and beer.