AITKIN, Minn. (AP) — Organizers of the Minnesota Redneck Festival say they will reschedule their event out of respect for the family of a sheriff’s deputy killed in the line of duty.
Aitkin County Sheriff’s Deputy Steven Sandberg was killed in October after a hospital patient grabbed his weapon and shot him. A 5K and community day to honor fallen officers is scheduled in Aitkin on May 20 and May 21.READ MORE: During Resentencing Of Mohamed Noor, Judge Asks: What Changes Have Been Made To Minneapolis Police?
The Minnesota Redneck Festival was scheduled for that same weekend. Organizers say that once they learned of the conflict, they decided to find a new festival date in the fall.READ MORE: 'Really Disgusting And Elaborate': Alleged Sex Competition Prompts Protest, Investigation At Minnesota College
Redneck Festival events will include lawnmower racing, an armpit serenade, toilet seat horseshoes and Miss and Mr. ‘Merica contests.
Aitkin was recently named the number-one redneck city in Minnesota by RoadSnacks.MORE NEWS: Mohamed Noor Resentenced To 57 Months For Manslaughter In Justine Ruszczyk Damond’s Shooting Death
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