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RedneX Games serve up quality entertainment in Hayden

Matt Stensland

— Hayden residents were training the next generation of rednecks during the third annual Routt County RedneX Games on Saturday at the Routt County Fairgrounds.

"It's hard to be a redneck," said Hayden Town Council member Richard "Festus" Hagins, who was participating in the mud surfing event for the second year. "It takes work."

For one day each year, residents take the redneck stereotype to a new level by putting on events such as the Lawnmower Triathlon, the RedneX Steeplechase and, of course, the mud surfing.

"This is one of the highlights of the event," Hagins said.

This year, the kids participated in the mud surfing separately from the adults, but that does not mean it was any tamer. Kids held onto a rope while a four-wheeler pulled them up to speeds in excess of 30 mph down slippery plastic and into a pit filled with two truckloads of mud.

"It's great entertainment," said Dallas Nelson, a Elizabeth resident who stopped by the event during a fishing trip. "One of a kind."

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This was 9-year-old Noah Lind's third year of crashing into the mud pit.

"It's fun because you get to go high, and it's muddy," he said.

Lukas Znamenacek, also 9, was participating for the first time.

"When we started, it was scary, and then it got faster and faster," he said.

Only a few tears were shed by some of the younger kids. One boy didn't like the taste of the mud.

Event co-organizer Wendy Lind said the event was going well, and she expected a large crowd for the concert, which was a new addition at this year's games.

"I think it's going really good," she said.

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