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.

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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.

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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.

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