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Redneck Olympics new at Milltown Community Festival

August 14, 2019
The Milltown Community Festival is back, although about a month earlier than usual. The annual celebration in the downtown will kick off Friday and continue through Saturday.

New this year will be the Redneck Olympics, at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. Male-female pairs will navigate an obstacle course. However, it won't be just any old course, and navigation will require teams working together.

One person will carry the other on their back while zig-zagging through cones, all while the person being carried places a ball on top of each cone. Participants, with one still on the other's back, then will walk across a railroad tie, step over a two-foot hurdle and then go under a four-foot hurdle.

With each team member's feet on the ground, both will dig through a pool of mud for a flag. After retrieving the flags, the male team member will put on a dress, while the female will put on male clothing. They then will run back to the start/finish line.

The pair with the best time will receive a prize.

The event, sponsored by The Shop, will be open to all ages; however, partners must be within the same age group. There is a $5 entry fee per team.

For more information, including rules and registration, visit the Milltown Community Festival Facebook page or the information booth during the festival.

Also new this year will be the Milltown's Got Talent contest on Friday evening.

Singers, poets, comedians, jugglers, ventriloquists, magicians and others are invited to share their talents with the community. As this is a family festival, all acts should be suitable for all ages.

Registration is free, but participation is limited. Registration forms are available at the festival's Facebook page and must be emailed to swalker@cccs.k12.in.us no later than today (Wednesday). For more information, call Sandy Walker at 812-736-1807.

Prior to the Milltown's Got Talent contest, at 6 p.m., will be several pageants, including King and Queen (grades nine through 12), Prince and Princess (grades six through eight), Junior Prince and Junior Princess (grades three through five) and Little Miss and Little Master (kindergarten through second grade).

For more information, including a registration form, visit the festival's Facebook page.

Saturday's events will include the return of the Redneck Regatta. Having debuted last year, the event, at 10:30 a.m., will have participants hoping to make their way across 125 feet of Blue River in small boats made out of nothing more than cardboard and duct tape and powered only by an oar.

The entry fee is $10, and sign-ups will begin at 9 a.m. at the information booth. More information, including rules and registration forms, is available at the festival's Facebook page.

At 3 p.m. will be another new event, the cross-cut saw competition. On the lawn, teams of two (men, women and mixed divisions) will see how long it takes them, using a manual, two-person cross-cut saw, to get through some timber. There will be prizes for the winner.

The grand marshal of this year's parade, at 4 p.m., will be World War II veteran and longtime Milltown resident E.K. (Duke) Roggenkamp Jr.

Roggenkamp, who with his family owned an automobile dealership in the town, has given back to the community he has called home since he was 9. He was a deacon, elder and Sunday school superintendent at Milltown Christian Church, is a 75-year member of Milltown American Legion Post 332, where he served as commander, was chief of the Milltown Volunteer Fire Department, and is a 75-year member of the Milltown Lodge No. 661 Free and Accepted Masons.

Following is the complete schedule for the festival:


5 p.m. — Opening ceremony

5 p.m. — Booths open

5 p.m. — Legion beer garden opens

5:30 p.m. — Flag retirement ceremony

6 p.m. — Pageants, Milltown's Got Talent contest

9 p.m. to midnight — Live music from Grand Daddy Short Leg


8 a.m. — Legion breakfast

9 a.m. — Sign-ups begin for the Redneck Regatta at the information booth

10 a.m. — Booths open

10:30 a.m. — Redneck Regatta by the campground

Noon — Legion beer garden opens

Noon — Six Guns Wild West Show on the lawn

1 p.m. — Kids pedal tractor pull hosted by the North Harrison High School FFA and sponsored by Chinn Equipment in the alley behind the Milltown Town Hall

1:30 p.m. — Sign-ups begin for the toilet race at the information booth

2 p.m. — Six Guns Wild West Show on the lawn

2:30 p.m. — Ice cream eating contest by the stage

3 p.m. — Cross-cut saw contest on the lawn

4 p.m. — Parade (line up at East Crawford Elementary School at 2:30 p.m.)

4:30 p.m. — Sign-ups begin for the Redneck Olympics at the information booth

5 p.m. — Tae kwon do demonstration

5:30 p.m. — Redneck Olympics on the lawn

6:30 p.m. — Toilet race down the main drag

7 p.m. — Live music by The Skinny until the fireworks display

10 p.m. — Fireworks display

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