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The “Bubbas” need not fret. The Summer Redneck Games will go on.

After years of sponsoring the annual fest, WQZY Radio decided to pull

out of the games this year. WQZY’s parent company, State Broadcasting Corp.,

is fighting a lawsuit filed by the family of a young boy who lost his arm after

swinging from a rope into the Oconee River during last year’s event.

However, the East Dublin Lions Club, co-sponsor of the Redneck Games,

said the games must go on.

“This is our biggest fundraiser of the year,” said Lions Club President

Freddie Baugus. “We give the money to local charities. Particularly to buy

eyeglasses and eye exams for children and needy adults.”

Baugus said the Summer Redneck Games generate between $12,000 and

$15,000 each year for the Lions Club - fundraising that’s worth the Lions

Club taking on the task of organizing the annual event.

“This year I am coordinating the entertainment, the vendors, and we are

looking for sponsors,” said Lions Club member Larry Drew. If anyone wants to

have a booth or sponsor something in particular, I’m the guy they need to

talk to.”

Drew said the 2009 Summer Redneck Games will be held on July 11 at

the usual gathering spot - East Dublin’s Buckeye Park.

“All the contests will be the same as before,” said Drew, “like the toilet

seat horseshoes, bobbin’ for pig’s feet, the armpit serenade, watermelon

seed-spitting and of course the mudpit belly flop.”

However, a few changes are in store for this year’s Redneck Games. Drew

said anyone attending must bring a photo ID.

“If they are 21 we’ll put a wrist band on them and they can drink,” he


“Anyone caught drinking without the wrist band will be transported,”

said East Dublin Mayor George Garnto, also a Lions Club member, “and by

transported, I mean to the Laurens County Law Enforcement Center.”

“We’ll have plenty of officers on hand and there will be zero tolerance on

the underage drinking,” Drew said.

Another change this year - attendees who leave the park and plan to

return will have to pay another $5 entry fee.

“It’s to cut down on the congestion,” said Baugus. “It just creates too

much congestion when people come and go. We hope this will help people

stay in the park.”

Baugus said the park will close this year after the fireworks. In years

past, some party-goers have remained in the park until the wee hours - and

with crowds upwards of 10,000 in attendance, that’s a lot of people to clear

out of the park.

“Usually it’s about 25 percent rednecks and 75 percent spectators,”

laughed Garnto. “After the fireworks the spectators leave and the true

rednecks stay on.”

Drew said the headline performer this year will be the Brian Callihan


“Brian is a Dublin boy,” he said, “ but now his band is from Tennessee.

They will be the big performer and of course we’ll have the usual performers

like Ronnie Mullis and others. But we do have openings for some more


WQZY started the games as a promotional stunt 14 years ago, garnering

so much publicity that newspapers and television stations all over the world

started covering them. Drew said the calls from national media have already

started pouring in.

“We got a call from some news organization from Sweden the other day,”

Drew chuckled. “They heard about it and want to come see it for themselves.”

The gates will open at 10 a.m. and the games begin at noon. Admission

is $5.00 per person -and don’t forget to bring that photo I.D.

For more information or to participate as a vendor or sponsor, call Larry

Drew at 478-272-6909 or visit

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