Group plans ‘Redneck Games’ Saturday

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Rednecks are known for doing wild and crazy things.

And now, one local group is hoping that daredevil spirit will serve as a perfect backdrop for spreading the word of Christ by hosting the “No Shame Redneck Games.”

Set following Saturday’s portion of this weekend’s Covington Sportsman Expo, the Covington Baptist Christian men’s group is inviting the general public to “good, clean family fun.”

Spokesman Neal Dansby said he’s been one of the masterminds behind the event. He said attendees will register at the door to become a participant in the evening’s activities. Admission is free, he said.

“We’ve got lots planned,” Dansby said. “We’ve been coming up with stuff that we country people do for fun, some things that are not only entertaining, but also somewhat challenging.”

Dansby said he wanted to preface the evening by saying that no animals will be harmed in the making of said fun.

“First off, we’ve got ‘snake chunkin’,” he said. “You truly haven’t had any fun in this life until you’ve been ‘snake chunkin’, I promise you.

“Then, you’ve heard of fish noodlin’,” he said. “Well, we’ve got chicken fennelling. That’s our signature activity. First, we Southerners aren’t stupid enough to stick our arms in a hole in the river. Instead, we looked back to our past where people had yard birds, the kind that ran loose. Well, you’d always have one that got out at night that you’d have to round up.

“To do that now, we’re going to use dog fennels – they’re nice and soft, to gently guide the chicken into the pen,” he said.

“We’re going to be pulling people from the audience to do these things,’ he said. “There will be lots of opportunities for a good time. We’re doing this as an outreach ministry to show people how to have good time the right way. We’re trying to have a positive way to have fun while celebrating our heritage, and the word of Christ will be shared in various forms.”

Festivities will kick off at 6 p.m. and wind down at 10 p.m. There will be lots of prizes given away, and entertainment will be provided by the Turman Bluegrass Group and Slade Wicker.

Special guests will be Eddie Salter and Robert Canant.

Salter is an Evergreen native and the founder of Eddie Salter Calls, Inc., a company he sold in 1994. He now works with Hunter’s Specialties Pro and travels the country giving deer and turkey demonstrations.