The Forest Grove Legion, Forest Grove Community Hall and the Forest Grove 94 Lions Club have come together to host the inaugural Family Fun Redneck Weekend on Aug. 8-9.
It promises to be a great weekend for out-of-town folks may to pack up their tents, trailers and suitcases and children to stay and play in Forest Grove for two days of fun and laughter.
So, what is a redneck?
According to organizers, it’s people who wear bandanas and can laugh at themselves.
So, folks may want to bring their best redneck costumes – there are prizes to be won.
The weekend kicks off with the Legion’s Fifth Annual Redneck Olympics at the Forest Grove Legion Park on Aug. 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This event provides fun for the who family with some of the best redneck games around – toilet ring toss, water balloon toss, volleyball and many more. There will also be a lunch.
For more information, call 250-397-2455 or Darlene at 250-397-0019.
Redneck Barn Dance
This event is in the Forest Grove Community Hall on Aug. 8 with the doors opening at 6 p.m. and the dance, featuring Riding Shotgun, starting at 7:30.
There will be a concession with family friendly finger food at a reasonable cost.
There will be prizes for the best dressed rednecks, including one for a family.
Tickets are $15 per adult, and youth 18 years and under are free (they will have to leave at 10 p.m. due to liquor laws).
Tickets are available at the Legion, Forest Grove Supplies and from Wendy at 250-706-4177.
Camping is available for $15; to book a spot, call Wendy.
Sponsored by the Forest Grove 94 Lions, this laugh-a-minute regatta takes place at the nearby Ruth Lake picnic area on Aug. 9, starting a 9 a.m. (with boat building with recycled materials) and ending at noon, followed by the races from the shore to a buoy and back again starting at 1 p.m..
Participants must be prepared to get wet and doing some soaking of their own – again the dress code is “being redneck.”
Spectators should come with their cameras and video cams and be prepared for a lot of laughter.
Entry fees are $25 for a family; $50 for a community group; and $100 for a corporate group. These fees can be paid at the registration table at Ruth Lake.
Three boats have already registered, but organizer Corey Robertson says they need more boats, so there is plenty of time to get a team together come up with a boat plan.
Team packages are already available, which outline boat building rules, race procedures and other important information, in 100 Mile House at Tasco Supplies (Ron Lister), Whimsey Gifts and the South Cariboo Visitor Centre, and at Forest Grove Supplies.
Folks can also get team packages sent to them by phoning Corey at 250-706-0655 or e-mailing email@example.com.
There is a large parking lot just past Ruth Lake on opposite side of road from lake. It is kiddie corner to smaller parking on the Ruth Lake side.
Supplies and lodging
People can buy basic groceries at Canim Lake Store and Forest Grove Store/gas station, and building supplies at Forest Grove Supplies.
Resorts in the area are Ponderosa Resort, Canim Lake Resort, Rainbow Resort, Kayanara Guest Ranch, Ruth Lake Lodge and Reynolds Resort.
Camping is available in Forest Grove behind the Forest Grove Community Hall. Howard Lake has a Forest Service Camping area within about 30 kilometres of Forest Grove.
There is one restaurant called the Dandelion Cafe – opposite the Forest Grove Store/gas station. The Legion also serves good food.