Sean Bailey pushes a lawn mower during the 2013 Routt County Redneck Olympics at the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden.

Photo by Matt Stensland

Sean Bailey pushes a lawn mower during the 2013 Routt County Redneck Olympics at the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden.

Routt County Redneck Olympics needs new name

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— After receiving a threatening letter, organizers of the Redneck Olympics in Hayden need to come up with a new name for the third annual event to held July 12.

Shortly after last year’s event, organizers received a letter stating the International Olympic Committee, or IOC, did not want them using the word Olympics.

“It was a serious letter for our not-so-serious event,” co-organizer Travis Mathey said.

The organizers met and Mathey said everyone had a different opinion about what they should do.

“We started weighing the possible repercussions and said it’s probably worth just changing the name,” Mathey said.

Organizers were somewhat honored that the event was recognized by the IOC.

“Now that we are on the IOC’s radar, we feel confirmed in our assessment that we have hit the big time,” co-organizer Wendy Lind said.

The event, which includes mud surfing, a lawn mower race and steeplechase events, gained fame last year when a story was written in the Denver Post.

The games are held at the Routt County Fairgrounds.

“Our goal this year is to maintain the events that seem very successful and fully improve all of them,” Mathey said.

Organizers have started a contest for people to choose the event’s new name. The deadline is May 1, and people can submit their suggestions on the event’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rcredneckolympics.

Lind said the winner will receive a “highly-prestigious seat on the event’s July 4 parade float, free entry to the event, two T-shirts and some other highly enviable opportunities and highly special privileges.”

Suggestions for a new name so far include the Routt County Redneck Olymphicks, The Event Formerly Known as Redneck Olympics and HMBWT (hold my beer, watch this).

Proceeds from the event go to the Routt County Agricultural, Youth & Heritage Foundation. The foundation supports the Routt County Fairgrounds and its programs.

Organizers still are looking for sponsors for the event, which this year will feature two bands from Nashville, Tenn.

More information about the event can be found at www.rcrednecks.com.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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Comments

Chris Dowden 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Well in the true spirit of redneck-ism, just respell it Olimpics. Problem solved.

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Brian Kotowski 6 months, 3 weeks ago

We should sell these at the concession stand, and add Colon Blow to the event roster.

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Scott Wedel 6 months, 3 weeks ago

I'm partial to simply "Hayden Fun n Games" so then events can be whatever people think will be fun. Some events already have more credibility than some of the olympic events and I doubt Hayden's organizing committee is nearly as corrupt as the IOC.

I suggest an event of shoveling a ton of coal into the back of your pickup truck. We've all done it so we might as well as see who can do it quickly.

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