HEBRON — As Harold Brooks sets up for this weekend’s Redneck Olympics, he said he’s making sure to keep his neighbors in the loop.

“If you’re going to blast 30,000 watts of power in your neighborhood,” the organizer said Thursday, “you want your neighbors on your side.”

He said he’s even got neighbors helping out at the gate and helping with food. Potato salad is coming from Wayne Slattery, owner of the Village Trading Post and Slattery’s Farm in Minot. Everyone who lives near his land got free tickets, as well.

The event is about a half mile through the woods on a dirt road off Route 124 in Hebron. At the clearing, Brooks has more than 12 acres of grass for campers and Redneck Olympic events. It’s a small section of his 210-acre cattle farm, and normally the field is used for hay.

A nearby gravel pit will be used for the mud run and for a bonfire Saturday night. Brooks said no other fires will be allowed on the property.

Campers were already filing in early Thursday afternoon, even though the music doesn’t start until Friday. About 20 recreational vehicles and campers were parked on Brooks’ land by about 1 p.m., and more were driving in every hour.


Brooks said he expects at least 2,000 people. There will a beer tent run by the American Legion, with proceeds going to homeless veterans. He said because there would be drinking, it was important to provide free camping.

“There’s no reason to leave here drunk,” Brooks said. People can sleep in their cars or on the ground if they find themselves intoxicated. He said they’ll be checking IDs and using a bracelet system to prevent underage drinking.

In addition to the pig roasting, Brooks will be selling food all weekend. He said he thought about having vendors but decided he could sell food less expensively if he sold it all himself. “I want to make this inexpensive for people,” he said. The pig roast is $9 for adults, $4 for children under 12 and free for children under 5. 

“Olympic” events include bobbing for pigs’ feet, toilet-seat horseshoes, lawnmower races, a mud run and contests in pie-eating, wife-carrying and mud-flopping. Stronghold, Twyce Shy, Firewater Creek, Mainestream, Gaffers and Dirty McGurty are slated to perform throughout the weekend.

Tickets for the weekend are $20 and can be purchased at the gate or at the Village Trading Post.

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