- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 11, 2006

MACON, Ga. (AP) — The tension ran thick as barbecue sauce as Eric Deetz stood in front of hundreds of people Saturday, drenched in water after spending 30 seconds jabbing his head into a tub to retrieve pig’s feet with his teeth.

Mr. Deetz, 21, would go on to gnaw his way through a semifinal tiebreaker and win the pig’s-foot bobbing contest at the Redneck Games in East Dublin.

A 10-year-old tradition in this middle Georgia town, the games have come to draw thousands of people for a lowbrow celebration of all things tacky.

The event was started in 1996 by a local radio station as a spoof of the Summer Olympics in Atlanta. It has grown in popularity, garnering press attention from around the world, and last year drew more than 15,000 visitors, organizers said.

Other featured competitions include mud-pit belly flopping, toilet-lid tossing and the “armpit serenade.” The top prize for most events is a trophy topped with a crushed Bud Light can.

“I love it,” said Donna Byrd of East Dublin, who was sitting on a hill overlooking the Oconee River. “I like coming and watching all the people and seeing all the children have fun.”

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