Day 19: Redneck Adventure

Trip Start May 25, 2010
Trip End Jul 03, 2010

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

The goal of today was to become fully immersed in the redneck culture. So the plan was to go to the country fair and then to the NASCAR race (with "pit passes"). Andrew wanted to introduce me to what life is like down here. How people from the "Halla" (Hollow) act and enjoy their free time. Before he has tried to show me exciting things near by, but now he has realized that I find the entire area very . . .  uhh . . . fascinating and slightly hilarious. So, he has opened up to showing me all about it, even the redneck parts.

We slept in lots and took our time getting ready then headed out to the fair. Well, first we went and looked for some cheap shoes for me because we were worried it would be muddy but the trip was unsuccessful. So then we had some lunch at Arby's and went in search of the fair.

At the fair, we began by playing lots of games since this is the most fun part of fairs. It was a bit odd because none of the fair people were yelling at us and trying to get us to play. So, when we played one of those racing games it was just us playing so we only got a little prize. But its OK. It is cool to have a lot of little prizes even if you don't get one giant prize. One funny story happened when we were playing the balloon popping game. You know the game where you shoot darts and pop the balloons. We got 7 darts. I shot 3 and popped 2. Andrew shot 3 and popped 1. So of course I shot the last one but didn't pop one. My problem could be that I wasn't really aiming because the whole wall was covered in balloons. Andrew's problem was that he was aiming for deflated balloons that would be harder to pop. Why was he doing this, you might ask. Because he thought it was the kind where you pop balloons and the number under it determines the prize. The sad part was that it was not that kind of game. It just involved how many balloons you popped. So that was a little sad and pathetic but we still won a little dog. Well, I got to keep the dog, because I won him the most.

Also at the fair we got some deep fried Oreos (I was too afraid to try them) and a giant sno-cone. We also watched a bit of a "Horse Show". Well I hope we were just watching the warm up because not much was happening. People would just wander out whenever then go around on their horses and then leave. It was very odd, and slightly disturbing to me, that no one was wearing helmets or really seemed to car much about riding. But apparently that is what western style riding is. I don't understand it but I'm sure it has it's place. It fit well in a small town country fair. Plus the ambulance was right there in case someone fell off and broke open their head except I'm not really sure how much that would help.

Another interesting part of the fair was the fact that there were many people there that were our age that already had multiple children. And everyone was smoking even people that looked far too young to even know how to light it. It is a very different world down here.

Next we headed off to the race track. On the way, we stopped at Wal-Mart for a pit stop. Andrew said this was the cleanest bathroom in the area so I was fine with it. We also picked up some water to drink at the race and movies to watch back here. Then it was off to the races. So we drove through some back country roads and finally arrived. To our dismay, there was a sign saying that it was canceled today. So, we mourned for a few minutes then decided to drive in and look around anyways. I got to see the entrance and look in at the race track. I also still got to hear the revving up of an engine as some redneck specimens drove by. It was very nice of them to participate in helping me to understand the south. Then we drove around and saw all the RVs. Apparently what NASCAR people do, is they drive around in their RVs and park at the racetracks and just wait for races to come. It was a very interesting site.

After that, we drove home. Well actually we stopped to talk to Andrew's cousin Koty that we ran into at a gas station and we stopped to buy some food to eat later. Now, we are back at his house just chilling and waiting to eat some delicious dinner that Andrew's mom is making for us. After that, the plan is to play some "Sing It" and "Mario Kart" then eat some ice cream sundaes (we were a bit hungry at the grocery store and may have gone a bit overboard when buying the ingredients for this). Lastly, we will watch a movie that is yet to be determined. Or we may watch the end of "Spaceballs" since I fell asleep while we watched that last night. But really even if we watch the end again I still probably will fall asleep. So, to prevent this from going on for days, we will probably move on to a new movie.

OK, its time to be off to find more redneck sites we want to see. Currently, we are considering visiting Gatlinburg - redneck central and tacky capital of the world. 
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Mickey Castle on

In case you didn't notice, the Virginia-Kentucky District Fair is in Wise, not Coeburn. Apparently you saw nothing of Coeburn except the race track which is several miles outside of town. To bad - it's a pretty town.

Rebekah on

ha ha, most hilarious entry yet. I am sure Andrew truly appreciates the sophistication with which you describe his "native culture."

Oh yeah, Gatlinburg is so much fun!! it's like the world congregation of rednecks and the mountains are pretty too. I think my family might be visiting up there in a few weeks

Kylie Marsh on

Dear Mickey,
I have visited Coeburn many times. My boyfriend, Andrew, is from here and he approved this message.
It's a cute little place and the mountains are pretty. I've seen all the sights - the Lays Hardware store, the Frosty Bossy and the Puff and Snuff.
Sorry about the miscommunication.

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