At first, it may look like just a spoof … an all-day Labor Day event centered around a redneck theme. But the Lee County Labor Day Family Festival and Redneck Games is being held under the auspices of the North Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, and although a little strange, (OK a LOT strange) it is 100% legit.
What does one do to express and enjoy their redneckedness on Labor Day? Lots, apparently. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, September 2, 2013, at the North Fort Myers Drive-in & Flea Market. Among the happenings scheduled are “The Mighty Men of Grasscar (a local lawnmower racing organization, a flea market, local business exhibits, lots of kids activities including The Balloon Guy, bounce house and games, a variety of food vendors, a beer garden, prizes, raffles and more...”
But that’s not nearly everything. The festival website provides the following Schedule of Events
10:00am - 10:30am MAIN STAGE: Opening ceremonies with Star Spangled Banner. Our emcee John Nichols of Mobile Music will be our host throughout the day
10:30am - 11:15am MAIN STAGE: Country singing sensation, Maggie Baugh
11:00am - 11:30 a.m. STAGING AREA, in front of movie screen: Wiener Dog Races
11:15am - 11:30 a.m. MAIN STAGE: Largest tattoo contest
11:30 a.m. - 11:50 p.m., MAIN STAGE: Lee Community Youth Chorus under the direction of Debby Dorr.
12:00noon - 12:45 p.m., MAIN STAGE: "33 Years" featuring the country sounds of Paula and Kevin Tolly
12:45pm - 1:00 p.m., MAIN STAGE: Bobbing for frozen pig's feet contest
1:00 p.m. - 1:45pm, MAIN STAGE: Country singing sensation, Maggie Baugh
1:45pm - 2:00 p.m., MAIN STAGE: Scariest, hairiest back contest.
2:00 p.m. - 2:20 p.m., MAIN STAGE: Calendar Girl performance, "Daisy Dukes Tailgate Party".
2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., MAIN STAGE: Biggest mullet contest, Biggest hair contest, announcement of 50/50 drawing winner.
3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m., MAIN STAGE: "33 Years" featuring the country sounds of Paula and Kevin Tolly
4:00 p.m., Event concludes.
In addition to the day full of stage events, the following are ONGOING throughout the day:
50/50 drawing. Need not be present to win. Look for our people selling tickets. Drawing at 3:00 p.m.
Come and visit the dozens of vendors on display, immediately to the right of the admission gate.
The best food this side of the Appalachians.
The Mighty Men of Grasscar with their Mighty Lawn Mowers on display.
Swamp buggies on display
Caloosa Jeepers will have vehicles on display.
Adult activities ONGOING throughout the day:
Adult game: Redneck Six-tathlon
Adult game: Manly Man mattress toss
Adult game: Bean bag toss
Adult game: Toilet seat horseshoes
Adult game: Backyard bowling
Adult game: Pig's ear toss
Adult game: Corn hole
Adult game: Peanut (navy beans will be used for safety) spittin’
Kids activities ONGOING throughout the day:
Kid's game: Obstacle course
Kid's game: Bounce house
Kid's game: Peanut (navy beans will be used for safety) spittin’.
Kid's game: Bean bag toss
Kid's game: Mud bath
Kid's game: Watermelon relay roll race
Kid's game: Balloon Guy
With all the activities, let us not forget the need for frugality: $3 admission and free parking. What else needs to be said? The festival is in North Fort Myers, just off U.S. Route 41 near the Shell Factory. Bring your best game and enjoy the holiday..